In 2013, Angolan artist Kiluanji Kia Henda was searching for an architect to design a skyline of a Mirage city. He proposed an artwork in the eastern desert of Jordan to be photographed and documented as a critical statement against planted high-rise buildings known in the region as the Dubai model. A harmonious skyline and an abstract silhouette of a low-rise city was designed by Jordanian architect Mais al Azab and erected out of steel tubes that vary in section as a land art set-up for the artist’s conceptual photographs. Just like a real mirage, the harmonious skyline of the ‘Mirage city’ had a very short life cycle. It was fully installed and completely dismantled on October, 29th, 2013.
The installation was done for Hiwar exhibition, organized by Darat al Funun and curated by Adriano Pedrosa. It was made possible with a grant from Goethe Institute, Luanda.