Big Ideas in Art and Culture: Dawit Petros



Dawit L. Petros, Untitled (Overlapping and intertwined territories that fall from view II), Catania, Italy, 2019, archival color pigment print, 30 x 37.5 in. Courtesy of the artist

Big Ideas in Art and Culture: Dawit Petros

Presented by the ArtsEverywhere Festival, the Art Gallery of Guelph, and CAFKA.
Thursday, March 25, 7pm / Zoom Webinar
Moderated by Sally Frater, Curator of Contemporary Art at the AGG
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Join us for the kick-off of the 2021 ArtsEverywhere Festival with this free online event!

Over the last decade, the work of Eritrean-born Canadian artist Dawit Petros has focused on a critical re-reading of the entanglements of colonialism and modernity. Tracing the trajectory of this exploration through successive research projects, Petros will highlight how these creative investigations speak to the complex colonial and postcolonial histories connecting East Africa and Europe as well as to how these histories are reflected today in the interplay of mobility, colonization, and contemporary stories of migrancy. While the histories of Black Canadians from the Horn of Africa – Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia – are a vital component of contemporary Canadian communities, their complex narratives expand familiar conceptualizations of African Canadian or Black Canadian experiences.

This free online event is the first in a series of conversations, workshops, and performances for the 2021 ArtsEverywhere Festival, which will take place from March to July, 2021. The second event will celebrate the launch of ArtsEverywhere’s redesigned website on Friday, March 26 at 2pm on Zoom. This one hour presentation will include a talk by author and editor Matthew Stadler on the editorial process for the Polity of Literature series, and ideas on artistic journalism from the Extractivismo series editor Siddhartha Joag. For details on these and upcoming events, sign up for the newsletter at, or follow ArtsEverywhere Festival on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Dawit Petros’ upcoming exhibition Prospetto a Mare (Prospectus to Sea) will be presented at the Art Gallery of Guelph from September 16 to December 12, 2021, featuring new work as well as elements from The Stranger’s Notebook (2016-17), which addressed the West’s limited knowledge of cross-border flows and diasporas within the African continent, as well as Spazio Disponibile (2019), which examined contemporary flows of Africans out of the continent in relation to European colonial history in Eritrea.

Dawit Petros 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. His work has been exhibited widely, most recently in international venues including the 13th Havana Biennial in Matanzas, Cuba (2019); Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University (2019); Bamako Encounters Biennale, Mali (2017); Dakar Biennale, Senegal (2018); Prospect.4, New Orleans (2017); and the Walther Collection Project Space, New York (2016). Petros is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Photography, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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