Kiluanji Kia Henda, A City Called Mirage, 2013–2017, one of fifty black and white photographs. Courtesy of the artist.
Kiluanji Kia Henda was born in Angola in 1979, he lives and works in Lisbon and Luanda. Being a self-taught artist, Henda was inspired by South African John Liebenberg’s photojournalism on apartheid and the Angolan civil war. In his multimedia work he engages with the colonial past of Angola and the African continent in a humorous and ironic way, challenging notions of identity, politics and modernity.
In his most recent creations he also looks at urban and architectural elements. In 2012 Kiluanji Kia Henda received the National Award for Culture and the Arts from the Angolan Ministry of Culture.