Kiluanji Kia Henda
Dies ist mein Blut

Public space, Out of Graz, Installation


46°47'14.6"N, 15°31'18.3"E
Mo – So 00:00 – 24:00

Eröffnung 30.9.2016, 16:00

Kunst im Gespräch

1.10.2016, 16:00

Galerie Marenzi Leibnitz

Galerie Marenzi Leibnitz, Seggauberg Leibnitz

Production specifics
Auftragswerk steirischer herbst

Angolan artist Kiluanji Kia Henda invites the audience to take part in an artistic outing along the south Styrian border, inserting an installation in the landscape that spotlights current political events.

Blood is red and wine is red – a simple fact, which for millennia has been mentioned in biblical parables, texts, lyrics and popular everyday culture. However, in southern Styria Kiluanji Kia Henda has spotted another similarity: Between the patterns created by the metal barriers recently erected to seal off the country and the structures used to prop up grapevines. On his first trip to the border region the multimedia artist encountered idyllic grapevines, an entertaining musical evening in a Buschenschank and an astonishing number of crucifixes and wayside shrines.

Inspired by this experience and commissioned by steirischer herbst, Kia Henda, who lives in Luanda and Lisbon, has developed one of his largest installations in a public space so far, in a field owned by Schloss Seggau. Consisting of hundreds of blood-red metal bars set up in the border region, the installation oppressively relates current fears in society, Catholic traditions and south Styrian winegrowing with the fences that mark out the country’s long invisible border with Slovenia.

“This is my Blood” symbolises to Kia Henda not only the pact between Man and God, but also the tragedy of thousands of refugees who are losing their lives in and around Europe.

An additional series of postcards accompanies the project.

Künstlerin / Künstler / Gruppe: Kiluanji Henda