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Kiluanji Kia Henda on a group exhibition at the Glasgow School of Art

Kia Henda’s video work, Havemos de Voltar (We Shall Return), is on view at the Glasgow School of Art’s latest group exhibition, titled To see this story better, close your eyes (17 February – 7 March). Hosted in the Reid Gallery, and curated by Chloe Reid, the exhibition gathers the work of twelve artists and writers – including fellow heavy-weight artists like Penny Siopis – currently exhibiting and publishing in South Africa. Each of the films, audio recordings and texts featured in the exhibition employ narrative as a technique, subject or medium, and the works have been deliberately positioned within the exhibition space to prompt multiple and overlapping readings.

Various artists on the Prospect.4 Triennial in New Orleans

Four Goodman artists – Alfredo Jaar, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Paulo Nazareth and Hank Willis Thomas – will participate in the Prospect.4 Triennial, titled The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, in New Orleans (18 November – 25 February). Artworks commissioned for Prospect.4 will address themes of identity, displacement and cultural hybridity. Curated by Trevor Schoonmaker, the triennial acts like a citywide exhibition and is staged at 17 venues around New Orleans, with an emphasis on the Mississippi River waterfront.

Chiurai, Kia Henda and Subotzky on traveling exhibition in Brazil

Work by Kudzanai Chiurai, Kiluanji Kia Henda and Mikhael Subotzky is included on a group exhibition, Ex Africa, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil (11 October – 30 December). Curated by Alfons Hug, the exhibition features work by various African artists whose work deals with the continent, its peoples’ migration and the diaspora. The works on exhibition include a selection of Chiurai’s Genesis [Je nisi ‘isi] prints, Kia Henda’s Concrete Affection – Zopo Lady video work, as well as a selection of works from Ponte City by Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse. The exhibition will travel to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasília, throughout 2018.

Kiluanji Kia Henda at Frieze Projects in London

As Frieze’s Artist of the Year for 2017, Kiluanji Kia Henda participates in this year’s Frieze Projects programme, curated by Raphael Gygax, in London (5 – 8 October). As an exhibition of specially commissioned artworks with support from the LUMA Foundation, Frieze Projects enables the participating artists to realise large-scale, conceptual installations. Entitled Under the Silent Eye of Lenin, Kia Henda’s winning proposal is a two-part installation, taking the cult of Marxism-Leninism after independence in Angola as its starting point and drawing parallels between witchcraft practices during Angola’s civil war and science fiction narratives used by Cold War superpowers. Looking at how fictional fantasy and its power of manipulation becomes a vital weapon in situations of extreme violence, Kia Henda’s performative installation will change throughout the duration of the fair.


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    Kiluanji Kia Henda / In the Days of a Dark Safari / 2017

    Group exhibitions

    Narrative Means / 2018

    the silences between / 2017

    South-South: Let me begin again

    In Context: Where We Are

    New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50

    New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50

    Young, Gifted and Black / Curated by Hank Willis Thomas / 2015

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    Young, Gifted and Black / City Press / October 2015

    To Be Young, Gifted and Black, by Garreth van Niekerk (1002.5 KB)