Transnational Pre[-]Occupations - Tenure Public Presentation by Dawit Petros

Presented as part of his tenure review in the Department of Photography
Wednesday, December 01, 4:30 p.m.
United States
Description of Talk

This talk addresses the research and works continuing Petros’ inquiries into the triangulated colonial histories of Italy, Eritrea, and Canada. The implications of this geometric configuration expand to encompass aeronautic technologies and representations including itineraries of the famed trans-Atlantic flights led by General Italo Balbo that landed at the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago. 


Dawit L. Petros is a visual artist, researcher, and educator whose work over the past decade has focused on a critical re-reading of the entanglements of global modernisms, post-colonial migration, and diasporic experiences. He received his MFA in Visual Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, a BFA in Photography from Concordia University, a BFA in History from the University of Saskatchewan and completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York. Petros is a co-founder with Heba Y. Amin of the Black Athena Collective.


Recent exhibitions have been held at the Istanbul Design Biennial, 13th Havana Biennial in Matanzas, Cuba; Bamako Encounters Biennale, Mali; Dakar Biennale, Senegal; Prospect.4, New Orleans; Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Oslo Kunstforening, Norway
; De Pont Museum, Tilburg, The Netherlands; and The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, ON. A solo exhibition of his work is currently at The Art Gallery of Guelph, ON. 


Dawit L. Petros is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Photography, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Meeting ID: 856 4721 6911 Passcode: 611068
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