Kiluanji Kia Henda
Born Luanda, Angola (1979), lives and works in Luanda, Angola and Lisbon, Portugal
Born Port, Portugal (1980), lives and works in Porto, Portugal and Johannesburg, South Africa
Free Visa – Embassy of No Land 2024
flex banner, stack of digital prints, website
4m x 9m; 42cm x 29,7cm
Courtesy of the artists
Free Visa – Embassy of No Land proposes emptiness, nullity as the main starting point for the construction of a space of freedom and malleability according to our desires. The project is based on the construction of a website for a fictitious Embassy, where the structural symbolic elements of a Nation, from the portrait of its leader to the national flag, lose their content and significance. These elements, crucial for the construction of the concept of a Nation-State, thus become susceptible to appropriation and manipulation according to the desires of those who intend to inhabit No Land.
This project speaks about immigration as a desire, sometimes utopian, for a possible new beginning. Where the new territory is a blank page, free to be customized according to the dreams and aspirations of those who immigrate. In this imaginary territory, borders are nullified. The arrangement of continental platforms on the globe is altered, and geographic location ceases to be a synonym for power, economic, political, and cultural relations. Free from any visa or document, the impulse of imagination will always live outside the limits imposed by borders and all bureaucratic procedures. Welcome to the Embassy of No Land!
The website of Free Visa – Embassy of No Land can be entered here: https://lagos-biennial.org/free-visa
Kiluanji Kia Henda & Paulo Moreira’s work is included in Gregarious architectures.