Kiluanji Kia Henda (born 1979, Luanda, Angola). His connection with music and avant-garde theatre is an integral part of his education as are his collaborations with various collectives and artists in Luanda.
He has participated in several artist-in-residency programs in the cities of Venice, Cape Town, Paris, Amman and Sharjah amongst others. Kia Henda has participated in the following selection of exhibitions: 1st Luanda Triennial (2007); Check List Luanda Pop, African Pavilion , Venice Biennial, 2007; Farewell to Post-Colonialism, Guangzhou Triennial, 2008; There is always a cup of sea to sail in, 29ª Bienal de São Paulo, 2010; Tomorrow Was Already Here, Museo Tamayo, México City, 2012; Les Prairies – Les Ateliers de Rennes, 2012; Mondays Begins On Saturday, 1ª Bergen Triennial, 2013; The Shadows Took Form, The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, 2013; Producing the Common, Dakar Biennial, Dakar, 2014; The Divine Comedy, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt and The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, 2014; Surround the Audience, New Museum Triennial, New York, 2015; Museum (Science) Fictions – MUSEUM ON/OFF, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, 2016; Constellations, Tate Gallery, 2017.
In 2012, Kia Henda won the National Culture and Art Prize of the Ministry of Culture in Angola, and in 2014 he was selected as one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers by the Foreign Politics magazine. In 2017 he won the Frieze Artist Award and was selected for the Unlimited Basel 2019 edition.
His work is present in public and private collections of which we highlight: Museum of Modern Art, Warwaw, Poland; Tate Modern, Collection of Contemporary Art, London, UK; Fondazione di Venezia, Public Collection, Venice, Italy; Sindika Dokolo, African Collection of Contemporary Art, Luanda, Angola; Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia; Collezione Sciarretta (Nomas Foundation), Private Collection, Rome, Italy; Rui Costa Reis, Private Collection of Contemporary Art, Luanda, Angola; Metropolitana di Napoli, Public collection, Napoli, Italy; Fundação PLMJ, Public Collection, Lisbon, Portugal; Emile Stipp, Video Art Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Currently lives and works in Luanda, Angola.
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