Which Sardinia? Geographical and social paradoxes in Kiluanji Kia Henda’s artworks

Sardinia is seen from the Mediterranean perspective, an idyllic setting marked by human and social injustices.

On one side, there’s the Sardinia made of heavenly beaches and luxury hotels, prey of holiday tourism. On the other, there is the most hidden one, which still bears the signs of the Cold War, with military bases scattered around and the architectural brutalism turned into abandoned industrial ruins.

The double faced Sardinia is told in Something happened on the Way to Heaven at the MAN of Nuoro, the exhibition that marks the end of Kiluanji Kia Henda’s residence. A period in which the Angolan artist lived and crossed the island, comparing it with the current situation in the Mediterranean: theatre of migrations and social injustices in a paradoxical setting of natural beauty. In Henda’ installations and sculptures, this phenomenon is symbolized by flamingos and other zoomorphic species, free to fly above any national barrier.

Something Happened on the Way to Heaven
Kiluanji Kia Henda
Luigi Fassi
Location :
Nuoro, Italy
MAN Museo d’Arte Provincia di Nuoro, via Sebastiano Satta 27, Nuoro
Opening dates:
31 January-1 March 2020

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