Kiluanji Kia Henda
born 1979 in Luanda, Angola
lives in Luanda, Angola and Lisbon, Portugal
Apart from a series of works selected from the “Homem Novo” series, at the Busan Biennale, Kia Henda presents Ilha de Vénus (The Isle of Venus) (2018), a work comprising sculpture, photography, and sound. The installation is an allegory about the way Europe protects its official culture history, in contrast to the criminal disregard it shows to the plight of colonized populations which have suffered from it. On a monochromatic black floor, the artist places concrete cinder construction blocks to create a foundation and many plinths. Atop this structure, the artist has placed miniature statues – cheap versions of iconic European classical figures – each covered in fluorescent condoms, which become abstracted vestments when stretched over the tiny muscular figures. On the gallery walls, photographs of migrant-carrying ships have been hung, with each boat blocked by a simple black rectangle. The proudness of European history thus tangles with the shameful blindness of the European present.