Kiluanji Kia Henda

Rusty Mirage (The City Skyline)

2013

Not on display

Artist
Kiluanji Kia Henda born 1979
Medium
8 photographs, inkjet print on paper
Dimensions
Image, each: 665 × 1000 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with funds provided by the Africa Acquisitions Committee 2016
Reference
P81608

Display caption

In this work Henda used a traditional Angolan technique of visual storytelling to tell a universal story. He made the structures from metal and built them in the Al-Araz desert in Jordan. The buildings’ outlines are inspired by sand drawings (called sona) made by the Lunda Tchokwe people from eastern Angola. Drawing attention to the hundreds of square miles of half-constructed, abandoned and derelict areas of cities across the globe, he contrasts these failed building projects with the problem of widespread poverty and homelessness.

Gallery label, October 2019

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