The Head

Director: Deimantas Narkevičius

Lithuania, Germany, the video film consists of archive video footage, 12 min., 2007
In his short documentary “The Head” Deimantas Narkevičius analyses how ideology shapes aesthetics. The film combines idyllic Soviet-era scenes of children being interviewed about what they want to become in the future and the documentary footage from the German Federal Archive on Russian sculptor Lev Kerbel and his Karl Marx monument (called “The Head”) in Chemnitz, Germany. After the Soviet Union collapsed, sculptures of political figures lost their meaning and ideological significance, so thousands of statues were dismantled. But some of them still stand today, bearing witness to the history of the Soviet epoch. So does the Karl Marx monument. The film was created for the “Sculpture Projects Münster 07” (Skulptur Projekte Münster 07) exhibition, although the original idea was to move Marx’s bust from Chemnitz to Münster for the period of the exhibition and then return it to its place. But the gigantic bronze head, weighing 40 tons, was impossible to transport, and Marx in Münster remained a concept realised only in this documentary.
Section: Deimantas Narkevičius film retrospective