Havemos de Voltar

Kiluanji Kia Henda

Havemos de Voltar, 2017

Video, 17'29’’

Havemos de Voltar (We Shall Return) follows the figure of a stuffed sable antelope (a national symbol of Angola), as it inhabits contemporary Angola, having broken out of the typical museum enclosure. As the antelope roams, it speaks of the complicated and frequently concealed histories of Angola’s violent, colonial past, and imagines its potential future. The video takes its title from a poem by the country’s first president Agostinho Neto, in which he appeals to Angolans to find true independence and freedom by returning to their African traditions. In this film, Kia Henda explores the appropriation and manipulation of public spaces and altered versions of historical narrative, where time travel doesn’t help to reframe history but to merely escape it.

Courtesy of the Artist