Kilamba Kiaxi
by Michael MacGarry

Published by All Theory. No Practice. 2016
Written and designed by Michael MacGarry
Printed and bound in The People's Republic of China

Hardcover, 98 pages

Edition 300
Special Edition 10


Kilamba Kiaxi is a photographic monograph focused on a new city built 25 kilometers outside Luanda, Angola. The city was built by Chinese construction company CITIC for US$ 3.5 billion and financed by Hong Kong-based China International Fund through oil futures from the Angolan national government. The new city is to be home to more than 250 000 people, and is the single largest investment project by China in Africa. The development consists of 710 buildings consisting of 3.3 million m2, ranging from 5 to 11 storeys, coupled with 41 schools and 77 power sub-stations. Due to the scarcity of affordable housing in the greater Luanda area - coupled with the risk of social housing projects being derailed by profit-driven private interests - rental and sales costs for apartments in Kilamba Kiaxi remain extremely high and quite unaffordable to the majority. As a result the city is quite underpopulated, and at times feels something like a ghost town or even a gigantic film set. Photographically the book is concerned with the visual mechanics of ethnographic cinema, the Metropolitan Picturesque and Asian visual perspective.