Dawit Petros: Transnational Pre[-]Occupations
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 M.F.A. in visual art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, a B.F.A. in photography from Concordia University, a B.F.A. in history from the University of Saskatchewan, and he completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York. Together with Heba Y. Amin, Petros is a co-founder 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, Ontario. Petros has been awarded a Terra Foundation Research Fellowship, the Paul De Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award in Art Photography, an Art Matters Fellowship, an artist residency at The Studio Museum in Harlem, and an Independent Study Fellowship at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Dawit L. Petros is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Photography, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.