Engineer Tadele Bitul Kibrat, 2012. Oil on Wood execution in collaboration with Humberto Ramírez. 18 x 30 cm.
Phantom, 2012. Intervention on photograph by Ondřej Žváček. 72.8 x 58.7 cm. Photograph: Yolanda Zaragoza Cano.
Gloria olvidada, 2012. Bleached fabric, brass. 90 x 110 cm each. Photograph: Yolanda Zaragoza Cano.
Partial Death, 2012. Gobelin tapestry. 210 x 273 cm. Photograph: Carlos Díaz Corona.
Diálogo entre naciones, 2012. Marble, wood. 173 x 60 x 56 cm each. Photograph: Marcos García. Courtesy of Museo de Arte de Zapopan.
Diálogo entre naciones, 2012. Marble, wood. 173 x 60 x 56 cm each. Photograph: Hugo Martínez.
Diálogo entre naciones, 2012. Marble, wood. 173 x 60 x 56 cm each. Photograph: Hugo Martínez.
Obelisco Migrante, 2012. Bronze. 8.5 x 1.2 x 1 cm. Photograph: Yolanda Zaragoza Cano.
Tracking History, 2012. Piezography prints, coin, post stamps, map. Dimensiones variables.
Tracking History, 2012. Piezography print. 20.5 x 23.1 cm. Photograph: Yolanda Zaragoza Cano.
Out there, 2012. Abyssinia map. 34.5 x 29.5 cm. Photograph: Yolanda Zaragoza Cano.
El último imperio, 2012. Post stamps, copper coin. 23.7 x 35.6 cm. Photograph: Yolanda Zaragoza Cano.
Broken, 2012. Return of the Axum Obelisk post stamp. 34.5 x 29.5 cm. Photograph: Yolanda Zaragoza Cano.
Misplaced, 2012. Return of the Axum Obelisk post stamp. 34.5 x 29.5 cm. Photograph: Yolanda Zaragoza Cano.
Almost back home, 2012. Return of the Axum Obelisk post stamp. 34.5 x 29.5 cm. Photograph: Yolanda Zaragoza Cano.
Italian Soldiers in Abyssinia, 2012. Piezography print. 33.4 x 41.5 cm. Photograph: Yolanda Zaragoza Cano.
Topics of the day abroad, 2012. Piezoelectric print. 31.5 x 41.5 cm. Photograph: Yolanda Zaragoza Cano.
Foreign affairs, 2012. Piezoelectric print. 31.5 x 41.5 cm. Photograph: Yolanda Zaragoza Cano.
The world turns its eyes on Ethiopia, 2012. Piezoelectric print. 31.5 x 41.5 cm. Photograph: Yolanda Zaragoza Cano.
Banderas, 2012. Color video 18” loop.

In a chance encounter in Rome, 2002, the artist met Ethiopian Engineer Tadele Bitul Kibrat and wrote down a few notes about their brief conversation. Ten years after, she found out that he was part of the committee in charge of returning and re-erecting the Obelisk of Axum, an ancient artifact built in the 4th century that was taken to Italy by Fascist troops in 1937, where it stood for almost 70 years. After many difficulties and negotiations it was finally returned to Axum in 2008.