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Tiwani Contemporary

Dawit L. Petros is a visual artist born in Eritrea and based in New York City. Working with installation, photography, research and extensive travels, his practice centres around a critical rereading of the relationship between African histories and European modernism. In recent projects, he employs abstraction as an …

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Dawit L. Petros’s striking photography explores the complex connection between colonialism and modernity. The child of Eritrean immigrants, Petros grew up in Eritrea, Kenya, and Ethiopia before fleeing to Canada, seeking safety from war in his home country. Petros’s unique experience living among different cultures led him to develop a borderless worldview---one that is critical of nationalism. Through photography, soundscapes, and film, Petros creates installations that offer a critical rereading of European colonialism in Africa, reflecting in particular on Italy’s presence in Ethiopia and Eritrea in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Petros received a Fulbright fellowship in 2004 and has participated in various esteemed residencies at institutions such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, Mana Contemporary, and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. His work belongs in the permanent collections of the Chrysler Museum of Art, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, among others.

Selected exhibitions
2016
The Stranger's NotebookKansas City Art Institute H&R Block Artspace
Dawit L. Petros | The Stranger's Notebook (Prologue)Tiwani Contemporary
In Context: Africans in AmericaGoodman Gallery
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Single Cube Formation No.3, Marfa, TX, 2011

Archival Digital Print (framed)
30 × 36 in
76.2 × 91.4 cm
Editions 2-5 of 5 + 1AP
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Tiwani Contemporary

Dawit L. Petros is a visual artist born in Eritrea and based in New York City. Working with …

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Dawit L. Petros’s striking photography explores the complex connection between colonialism and modernity. The child of Eritrean immigrants, Petros grew up in Eritrea, Kenya, and Ethiopia before fleeing to Canada, seeking safety from war in his home country. Petros’s unique experience living among different cultures led him to develop a borderless worldview---one that is critical of nationalism. Through photography, soundscapes, and film, Petros creates installations that offer a critical rereading of European colonialism in Africa, reflecting in particular on Italy’s presence in Ethiopia and Eritrea in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Petros received a Fulbright fellowship in 2004 and has participated in various esteemed residencies at institutions such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, Mana Contemporary, and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. His work belongs in the permanent collections of the Chrysler Museum of Art, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, among others.

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