A recurrence of forms traces the legacies of colonialism within African diasporic populations as they linger across multiple spatial, temporal, and formal boundaries. Addressing the complexities of mobility and displacement, Petros’s work is rooted in research and travels across East Africa, southern Europe, and North America between 2012-2019. Comprised of a series of images, sound, and screen prints, this exhibition invites viewers to engage in the living processes and reiterations of colonialism that continually shape the contemporary moment.
Dawit L. Petros is an Eritrean-Canadian visual artist, researcher and educator. He completed the Whitney Independent Study Program, NYC; an MFA (Visual Art) as a Fulbright Fellow at Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; a BFA (Photography) at Concordia University, Montreal, QC and a BA (History) at The University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK. Petros is a co-founder with Heba Y. Amin of the Black Athena Collective. Recent exhibition venues include Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Bamako Biennale, Bamako, Mali; DePont Museum, Tilburg, The Netherlands; Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA; Havana Biennial in Matanzas, Cuba; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Oslo Kunstforening, Oslo, Norway; Prospect.4, New Orleans, LO; and Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC, NY. A solo exhibition travels from The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, ON and opens at University Buffalo Art Galleries on September 26th. Dawit L. Petros is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Photography at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is represented by Tiwani Contemporary, London.