Kiluanji Kia Henda

b. 1979 Luanda, Angola
Resides in Luanda, Angola & Lisbon, Portugal

Kiluanji Kia Henda, was born in Angola in 1979. He currently lives and works in Luanda. Kia Henda’s interest in visual arts stems from growing up in a household of photography enthusiasts. A link to music and Vanguard theater were part of his conceptual training, as was a collaboration with a collective of artists in Luanda. Kiluanji participated in various residency programs in cities like Venice, Cape Town, Paris, Amman and Sharjah, among others. He also participated in the following selection of expositions: 1st Luanda Triennial, 2007; Check List Luanda Pop, African Pavillion, Venice Biennale, 2007; Farewell to Post-Colonialism, Guangzhou Triennial, 2008; There is always a cup of sea to sail in, 29th São Paulo Biennial, 2010; Tomorrow Was Already Here, Tamayo Museum, Mexico City, 2012; Les Prairies – Les Ateliers of Rennes, 2012; Mondays Begins On Saturday,1st Bergen Triennial, 2013; The Shadows Took Form, The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York City,2013; Producing the Common, Dakar Biennale, 2014; The Divine Comedy, Museum für ModerneKunst, Frankfurt and The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C. 2014; Surround the Audience, New Museum Triennial, New York City, 2015; Museum (Science) Fictions - MUSEUM ON/OFF, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 2016; Fucking Globo II, Hotel Globo, Luanda, 2016 (participated also as a co-curator). In 2012, Kia Henda won the National Culture and Arts Award  given by the Angolan Ministry of Culture, and in 2014, he was selected among the 100 Leading Global Thinkers by Foreign Politics magazine.