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Kiluanji Kia Henda is a self-taught artist working in visual arts, theater, and music.

His various works often deal with questions of transnational and postcolonial history and politics. Recent awards and residencies include: National Prize for Culture and Arts, Ministry of Culture of Angola, 2012; Visa Pour La Creation, the French Institute, 2011; residency, Fondazione di Venezia, Venice, 2010; and a residency in South Africa funded by the Swiss Arts Council – Pro Helvetia, 2008. Recent exhibitions include: Homem Novo, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, 2013; Les Ateliers de Rennes – Contemporary Art Biennial, Rennes, 2012; Self-Portrait as a White Man, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, 2010; Luanda Triennial, Luanda, 2010; 29th Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo, 2010; Picha Encounters – Lubumbashi Biennial, Lubumbashi, 2009; Portraits of a Slippery Look, Goethe-Institut Kenya, Nairobi, 2008; Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, 2008; and 52nd Venice Biennale, Venice, 2007. Henda lives and works in Lisbon and Luanda.

Kiluanji Kia Henda, Icarus 13, 2008. Collection of Sindika Dokolo Foundation, Luanda. Courtesy of Galleria Fonti, Naples, and Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon.