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Film, Wed 8 Apr 2020, free entry

Monumental Persistence

Monumental Persistence


Join us for the screening of three short-films which use documentary and montage in three distinct ways to examine the altering status of monuments. Extending and reinterpreting the historical context of their subjects; each film has its own take on the symbolic redistribution of monuments affected by colonialism and conflict.

Theo Eshetu (28 minutes)

Eshetu shows the return of the 'Roman' Axum Obelisk to Ethiopia more than 70 years after Mussolini had it shipped to Italy as spoils of war. Building on his own film documentation of this extraordinary incident of restitution, Eshetu has created an elaborate work whose compositional complexity is a small-scale honouring of the technical feat of engineering involved in reinstating the towering obelisk. Eshetu also addresses the theme through traditional Ethiopian painting, using filmed modern re-enactments of the origin myth of the story of the Queen of Sheba who reigned over the region surrounding Axum – to present the obelisk’s reinstallation as a “ritual ceremony of transformation.”

CACHEU (2012)
Filipa César (10 minutes)

Cacheu is a 10-minute shot of a lecture, performed by Joana Barrios, revolving around four colonial statues, which are stored today at the Fortress of Cacheu, one of the first bastions constructed by the Portuguese in 1588 in order to facilitate slave trade in the West African country of Guinea Bissau. Barrios evokes symbolic conflicts by tracing back different contexts in which the statues make an appearance: on a pedestal during Portuguese colonialism, dethroned and broken in pieces after Independence in the film Sans Soleil by Chris Marker, as background ghosts in Mortu Nega by Flora Gomes, and finally displayed at the Cacheu fort. The montage is a process that takes place before shooting, so that the image production is a result of a performative assemblage between text, acting, projected image and the framing of the camera by the director of photography, Matthias Biber.

Aleksandra Domanović (19 minutes)

Turbo Sculpture (2010-13) is a moving image work underscoring the artist’s concern with the public life of sculpture. It interrogates the phenomenon of public sculpture in the former Yugoslavia, the artist’s country of birth, dedicated to non-national media celebrities, such as Bruce Lee, Bob Marley and Samantha Fox. It is commonly argued that the rejection of the traditional regional/political context of civic monuments (leading to the turbo sculpture age) is a condition of the post-traumatic recalibration of identity and ideology that occurred following the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s.


This event is free of charge and open to all, but booking is advised as seating is very limited. For more information, please contact Kirstie Gregory, Research Co-ordinator:

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Event details

Dates Times
Wed 8 Apr 2020 18:00 to 00:00


Free entry

Please note that admission is by ticket.



Henry Moore Institute


74 The Headrow,



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Map reference: SE 299338  Lat: 53.79965 Long: -1.54751

By Road:
Follow signs for city centre loop system, turn right onto Headrow, then left onto Cookridge Street for parking.

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Turn left out of station, cross over City Square and walk up Park Row. Cross over to Headrow.

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Leeds station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing