Kiluanji Kia Henda


KILUANJI KIA HENDA born 1979, Luanda, Angola. Currently lives and works in Luanda, Angola. His connection with music and avant-garde theatre is an integral part of his education as do 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 Pavillion, 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 Ministery 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.


His work is present in public and private collections of wich 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.




Artist-in-residence, Darat Al Funun - Kalid Shoman Foundation, Amman, Jordan

Artist-in-residence, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE


Artist-in-residence, Institut Français  e BétonSalon-Centre d´Art de Recherche, Paris, France


Artist-in-residence,  Fondazione di Venezia e Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy


Artist-in-residence, Blank Projects, Swiss Arts Council ProHelvetia, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Cape Town, South Africa

Artist-in-residence, 3.ª Trienal de Guangzhou, Sindika Dokolo Foundation and Guandong Museum, Guangzhou, China

Artist-in-residence, Espaço ZDB - Associação Zé dos Bois, Lisboa, Portugal

Artist-in-residence programme, 1ª Trienal de Luanda, Luanda, Angola






Frieze Artist Award


Nominated as one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers by Foreign Politics


Winner of the National Prize of Culture and Arts, Ministry of Culture, Luanda, Angola


Nominated for BES Photo prize, Lisbon

Nominated for Paul Huff Award, FOAM, Amsterdam, Netherlands







A City Called Mirage, International Studio and Curatorial Practice (ISCP), New York, USA

In the Days of a Dark Safari, Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon, Portugal


This Is My Blood, public installation for the steiricher herbst Festival, Graz, Austria

Concrete Affection, Galleria Fonti, Naples, Italy

A City Called Mirage, Galleria Fonti, Naples, Italy


A city called mirage, Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon, Portugal


New Man - Homem Novo, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria


Homem Novo, Art|43|Basel, Art|Statements, Galleria Fonti, Basel, Switzerland


Trans It, SOSO Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil

self-portrait as a white man, galleria Fonti, Naples, Italy


Estórias e Diligências, SOSO Gallery, Luanda, Angola

Portraits from a Slippery Look, Goethe Institute, Nairobi, Kenya

Expired Trading Products, Blank Projects, Cape Town, South Africa


Between the two red telephones, galleria Fonti, Naples, Italy

Ngola Bar, Centro de Arte de Sines, Sines, Portugal




Afrique Capitales - Cape of Good Hope Here We Come, Gare Saint Saveur, Lille, France

Afrique Capitales, Parc de La Villette, Paris France

Future Africa Vision in Time, National Museum of Nairobi, Kenya

Another Day of Life, Tate Gallery, Liverpool, UK

Concrete Futures, Close-Up Cinema, London, UK

South - South: Let me begin again, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Fuckin´Globo III, Hotel Globo, Luanda, Angola


New Revolutions, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Only In The Western World, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Salzburg-Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Ulla, Ulla, Ulla, Ulla! Marcianos, Intergalácticos e Humanos, Casa Nova Arte e Cultura Contemporânea, São Paulo, Brazil

Constellations, Tate Gallery, Liverpool, UK

Fuckin´Globo II, Hotel Globo, Luanda, Angola

Built, World, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, USA

The Incantation of the Disquieting Muse, Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

New Revolutions, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg / Cape Town, South Africa

Museum (science) fictions - Museum ON/OFF, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Someplace Else Right Now, The Utility Muffin Research Kitchen, Frank Zappa Studio, Hollywood, USA

Things Fall Apart - Red Africa, Calvert 22 Foundation, London and Bayreuth

Kabbo Ka Mwuala (The Girls Basket), National Galley of Zimbabwe, Harare

Passages, Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh


Making Africa, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

To Be Young, Black and Gifted, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

This Is Not My History, Rotor - Center For Contemporary Art, Graz, Austria

After Year Zero, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland

Resignifications, Museo Bardini, Florence, Italy

Art and The City, Festival of Public Art, Zurich, Switzerland

Surrounding The Audience, New Museum Triennial, New York, USA

The Divine Comedy, Museum of African Art - Smithsonian Institution, Washington, USA

You Love Me, You Love Me Not, Galeria da Camâra Municipal, Porto, Portugal

Fuckin´ Globo, Hotel Globo, Luanda, Angola

Uma Delicada Zona de Compromisso, Quadrum - Galeria de Arte, Lisbon, Portugal

Future Africa Visions In Time, Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreut, Germany

As margens dos mares, Sesc Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brazil

You love me you love me not, Biblioteca Almeida Garrett, Porto, Portuga


Ilha de São Jorge, Piccolo Teatro - Fondazione Cini, Venice, Italy

Giving Contours to the Shadow, N.B.K and Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

Producing the Common, 11th Dakar Biennale - Dak´Art, Dakar

New Africa, LaVilla - Kulte Gallery and Editions, Casablanca, Morocco

The Divine Comedy_Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt, Germany

INSERT2014_Mati Ghar - Indira Ghandi National Centre of the Arts, New Delhi, India

A Thousand of Him Scattered: Relative Newcomers in Diaspora, Stills - Scotland's Centre for Photography, Edinburgh, UK


Giving Form to the Impatiente of Liberty, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany

Close, Closer - The Real and Other Fictions, 3ª Trienial de Arquitectura de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal

Monday Begins on Sunday, Bergen Assembly: An Initiative for Art and Research, Bergen, Norway

The Beautiful Ones, Nolan Judin Gallery, Berlin, Germany

El mañana ya estuvo aquí, MARCO - Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Monterry, Mexico

Present Tense, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal

Private Lives, Centro Cultural de Cascais, Portugal

No Fly Zone. Unlimited Mileage, Museu Colecção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal


Tomorrow Was Already Here, Tamayo Museum, Mexico City, Mexico
Les Praires, Les Ateliers de Rennes-Biennale of Contemporary Art, Les Praires, Rennes, France 
SuperPower: Africa in Science Fiction, Arnolfini Art Center, Bristol, UK
You Are Now Entenring, CCA_Derry, London, UK
Double Bounded Economy- Readind the East German Photo Archive, Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany
Experimental Station, Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial Laboral, Gijon, Spain
Spacecraft Icarus 13 and Narratives Progressive from Elsewhere, Basis voor actuele kunst (BAK), Utrecht, Netherlands
Other Possible Worlds - Proposals on This Side of Utopia, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK), Berlin, Germany
Propaganda by Monuments, Contemporary Image Centre (CIC), Cairo, Egypt
The days of This Society Are Counted, Abrons Art Center, New York, USA
There is always a cup of sea to sail in, 29Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil
Self-Portrait As White Man, Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice, Italy
Wild is the Wind, Savannah College for Art and Design, Atlanta, USA
Black Atlantic, ar/ge kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano, Italy
Luanda: Smooth and Rave, Grand Theatre, Evento Bienal, Bordeux, France; Museu Solar do Ferrão, Bahia, Brazil Museu Nacional de História Natural, Luanda, Angola
Luanda: Anatomia da Velocidade, Experimenta Design Bienal, Lisbon, Portugal
4 angolan contemporary artists, SOSO Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil
Things and Stuff, Johannesburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa
Farewell to post-colonialism, 3rd Guangzhou Triennal, Guandong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
Print ´08, Bell-Robert Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
As you like it, Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa
Luanda Triennial, Luanda, Angola
Luanda Pop_Check List, 52ª Bienalle of Venice, African pavilion, Venice, Italy
Jene va travailler, Rosa Lux Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Arte InVisible, Angola, ARCO, Madrid, Spain
Sindika Dokolo Collection, SOSO arte Contemporânea, Luanda, Angola
AC _ Angola Combatente, SOSO arte Contemporânea, Luanda, Angola
BAI ARTE 2005, Banco Africano de Investimentos, Luanda, Angola
Dipanda Forever
, SOSO arte Contemporânea, Luanda, Angola


Fondazione di Venezia, Venice, Italy

Sindika Dokolo, African Collection of Contemporary Art, Luanda, Angola

Colecção BESA _ Banco Espírito Santo, Angola

Ellipse Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal

Emile Stipp Video Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa

Miquel Barceló, Paris, France

Colecção Sciarretta (Nomas Foundation), Rome, Italy

Rui Costa Reis, Luanda, Angola

Metropolitana di Napoli, Naples, Italy

Fundação PLMJ, Lisbon, Portugal

Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland