Theo Eshetu’s dual African and European background has informed much of his work, which dissects cultural symbols, rituals, and religious iconography. Trained in photography in London, Eshetu shifted to video art in the 1980s. His explorations into the tensions between photography, documentary filmmaking, television and the hybridised virtues of video have led to distinguished achievements both as an artist and filmmaker. Eshetu was one of the first artists to pioneer video-wall installations, while his kaleidoscopic multi-media video presentations are among his most celebrated works.
Eshetu has exhibited internationally at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in Kochi, India; the ICA in London, UK; Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, Germany; the National Museum of African Art – Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C, USA; and UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. He was included in Africa Remix (2004–2007 in Düsseldorf, London, Paris, Tokyo, Johannesburg); and GEO-graphics at BOZAR (Centre for Fine Arts) in Brussels, Belgium, in 2010. Recent presentations include The Return of the Axum Obelisk at the daadgalerie in Berlin, in 2014 and Transform: Theo Eshetu at the Tate Modern in London, in 2014.