Dawit L. Petros
Born in Asmara, Eritrea
Lives and works in Chicago, Montreal & New York 


Education
Whitney Independent Study Program, 2012
School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, MFA, 2007
Concordia University, Montreal, QC, BFA, 2003
Programme de Français, Université de Montréal, Montreal, QC,2000
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, BA History, 1996

Individual Exhibitions
2016 
The Stranger’s Notebook, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MI 
The Stranger’s Notebook, Tiwani Contemporary, London, UK 
2013
Dawit L. Petros: Sense of Place, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 
2012
Mahber Shaw’ate (Association of Seven), Print Studio, Hamilton, ON 
2011
Mahber Shaw’ate (Association of Seven), SBCAF, Santa Barbara, CA
Mahber Shaw’ate (Association of Seven), Alexander Gray Associates, New 
York, NY
Mimesis, Marilia Razuk Galeria De Arte, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Dawit L. Petros, Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, MN 
2010
Addis/Chromes, Atelier Art Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 2006Remix, Prefix Gallery, Toronto, ON

Group Exhibitions                                                                 2018
Dakar Biennale, Dakar, Senegal
Here We Are, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON
2017
Nowhere Is A Place, Bamako Biennale, (Black Athena Collective), Bamako, Mali
Deconstructed Spaces, Surveyed Memories, Bamako Biennale, Bamako, Mali
Prospect.4 The Lotus In Spite of the Swamp, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LO
Lack of Location, Is My Location, Koenig & Clinton Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
In Search Of, Transmitter, New York, NY
Recent Histories, The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Ulm, Germany
In each hand I keep each of my eyes, Hampshire College Art Gallery, Amherst, MA
Capture Image Festival, Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, 
2016
Recent Histories, The Walther Collection Project Space, New York, NY 
Africans in America, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
Position As Desired, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, ON
Encounters Beyond Borders, Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University,
Athens, OH
Race, Love, and Labor, Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY
2015
The View From Here, Tiwani Contemporary, London, UK
In Another Place, And Here, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria,
Victoria, BC
2014
Earth Matters: The Land As Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa,
National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC
Under Another Name, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Earth Matters: The Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of
Africa, Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Hopes and Impediments, Prince Claus Fund Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
Race, Love, and Labor, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY
2013
Earth Matters: The Land As Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa,
National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC
American Beauty, Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC, NY
Whitney ISP Exhibition, Temp Gallery, New York, NY
2012
The Bearden Project, Studio Museum In Harlem, NY
Artists-In-Residence Exhibition, McColl Center for Visual Art, 
Charlotte, NC
Sawdust and Solitude, Artist-In-Residence Exhibition, Salina Art Center, 
Salina, KS
Position As Desired, Royal Ontario Museum, Pier 21, The Canadian Museum
of Immigration, Halifax, NS
2011
Mimesis, Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Lianzhou, China
Always Moving Forward, Platform Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
Don’t Panic, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, SA
Becoming, Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC
The Idea of North, Biscuiterie, Dakar, Senegal
The Production of Space, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Position As Desired, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON
2010
The Laundromat Project, Collette Blanchard Gallery, New York, NY
Made in Woodstock V, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY
Always Moving Forward, Gallery 44, Toronto, ON
2009
Encodings, Artist-In-Residence, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Liminal Space, The Lay Up, Brooklyn, NY
Young Curators: New Ideas 2, PPOW Gallery, New York, NY
The New Language Makers, Videotage, Hong Kong, China
Site Seeing: Explorations of Landscape, The Center for Photography at 
Woodstock, NY
2008
Flow, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Becoming, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI
Subpoena, Talman + Monroe, Brooklyn, NY
Floating Architectures and Constant Centers: Some Projections, Martin 
Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown,
PA
2007
The Idea of North, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Tufts University Gallery,
Medford, MA
Wedge Retrospective Exhibition, Wedge Gallery, Toronto, ON
2006
Alone, Gallery 44, Toronto, ON
CAA Regional MFA Exhibition, Mass College of Art, Boston, MA
2005
Wish,Bagg Gallery, Boston, MA
Visions of Active Citizenship, Tufts University, Medford, MA
2004
Strike Black, Observatoire 4, Montreal, QC
The Lexington Project, Site Specific Installation, Lexington, MA
Omiala, Harbour Front Gallery, Toronto, ON
2003
Transliteration, Gallery 101, Ottawa, ON
1st Art! Exhibition, 1st Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto, ON
2003
Translucide, Maison de la Culture, Montreal, QC
Translucid, Galerie Art Mûr, Montreal, QC
Green, Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, Montreal, QC
Separate Grounds, Gallery VAV, Montreal, QC
2002
Too Big To Stay Small, Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery, Montreal, QC
A Relative Proximity, Lotus Eaters Gallery, Montreal, QC

Reviews/Publications/Interviews                                              Albu, Cristina, “Dawit Petros at Artspace,” TemporaryArtReview.com, January 9, 2017.
Affleck, Jane. “Position As Desired Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax.” C Magazine 118, Summer 2013.
Azimi, Roxana, “La photographie sous toutes ses formes.” Le Quotidien de L’Art, 20 Mai 2016.
Beckwith, Naomi. “Encodings.” Encodings: The Studio Museum in Harlem, Artists in Residence,Exhibition Catalogue, 2009.
Branker, Saada. “The Wedge’s Flava.” WordMag, 2007.
Cappetta, Andrew. “Amani Olu Has New Ideas.” Art in America. August 2009.
“Contact”, Now Magazine, May 2006.
“Contact Goes Global”, Doze, May 2006.
Cotter, Holland. “Encodings: Khalif Kelly, Adam Pendleton, Dawit L. Petros.” The New York Times,October 22, 2009.
Cotter, Holland, “American Beauty.” The New York Times, January 23, 2014.
Cotter, Holland. “Out of Africa, Whatever Africa May Be.” The New York Times, April 4, 2008.
Cousineau-Levine. Penny, “Alone: Fitting In.” (Exhibition Catalogue). 2006.
Crooks, Julie. “Position As Desired.” (Exhibition Catalogue). 2010.
Dillon, Stephen, “Dawit L. Petros: The Stranger’s Notebook.” Garage Magazine, June, 2016.
“Dawit L. Petros: Untitled (Prologue II),” Harpers Magazine Blog, October 28, 2017.
“Dawit L. Petros Captures the World with a Camera and a Cardboard Box.” Artsy.net, June 24, 2015.
Duerr, Teri. “Young Curators on the Art of New Ideas,” New York Art Beat. August 2009.
Edmonds, Pamela. “I’ll Make Me A World.” Prefix Photo, 2006.
“1st Art.” Canadian Art (Fall 2003).
“Flava: Wedge Curatorial Projects, 1997–2007.” Wedge Curatorial Projects Catalogue, 2007.
Enwezor, Okwui, “Okwui Enwezor on The Recent Histories of African Photography, “Apterture.org, May 4, 2017.
Enwezor, Okwui and Okeke-Agulu, Chika. Contemporary African Art Since 1980, October 2009.
Frater, Sally. “Position As Desired” Exhibition Review, Canadian Art, Spring 2011.
Gessell, Paul. “Paraphrasing famous European works of art.” The Ottawa Citizen, 2004.
Ghirmay, Huriy. “The Eritrean Diaspora.” Elem Magazine, Issue 14, October-December,2009.
Goodhand, Margo. “Out of Africa, Into Your Homes”, Winnipeg Free Press, 11/12/2011.
Hagman, Sarah. “Dawit L. Petros: Sense of Place.” Improper Bostonian, September, 2013.
Handelman, Jon. “Re-drawing the Colour Lines.” The McGill Daily, 2004.
Harney, Elizabeth. “Shades and Passages: Petros’ colorscapes.” Franklin Art Works, Exhibition Publication, 2012.
Haynes, Lauren. “The Bearden Project.” The Bearden Project: The Studio Museum in Harlem, Exhibition Catalogue, 2012.
Iduma, Emmanuel, “Here Comes The Stranger,” Exhibition Catalogue, The Stranger’s Notebook, H & R Block Artspace, January 2017.
Iduma, Emmanuel, “Fiction/Non Fiction: ‘Recent Histories’ Presents Documentary-Based Photography from Africa,”, Artnews, May 9, 2017.
Jordan, Betty Ann. “Group Therapy.” Toronto Life, May 2006.
“World Remade in Their Image”, The Montreal Gazette. 2003.
Khvan, Olga. “Sense of Place Exhibit at th MFA Marks Homecoming for Dawit L. Petros.” Boston Magazine. November 11, 2013.”
Lacayo, Jessie. “Transliteration.” Exhibition Catalogue, 2004.
Lehman, Henry. “Strike Black.” The Montreal Gazette, 2004.
Lew, Christopher Y. “A Kind of Blue.” Encodings: The Studio Museum in Harlem, Artists in Residence, Exhibition Catalogue, 2009.
Livingston, Wendy. “Art from the Cutting Wedge.: Today Duke, August 11, 2011
Marquet, Thomas. “Dawit L. Petros: Mahber Shaw’ate: Association of 7.” Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Exhibition Publication, 2011.
Mengiste, Maaza, “Interview With Dawit L. Petros,” Exhibition Catalogue, Recent Histories: Contemporary African Photography and Video Art from the Walther Collection, 2017.
Mercier, Jean, “The Stranger’s Notebook (Prologue),” LensCulture, June 2016.
McGirk, James. “Harlem’s Rising Stars.” The Intelligent Life, September, 2009.
McQuaid, Cate. “Displacement in a Theoretical World.” Boston Globe, November 12, 2013.
Milbourne, Karen E. “Earth Matters: Land As Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa.” Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Exhibition Catalogue, 2013.
Mitter, Siddartha  “Africa Illuminated: Shining A Spotlight On Contemporary African Photography,” Village Voice, November 9, 2016.
Muluneh, Aida. Addis Ababa Foto Fest, Exhibition Catalogue, 2011.
O’Toole, Sean. “Flow.” Frieze, Issue 116, June-August 2008.
Okeke-Agulu, Chika. “New Order.” Arise, No. 6, October 2009.
Perree, Rob, “Dawit L. Petros: The Stranger’s Notebook,” africanah.org, April 22 2016.
Radin, Joshi. “The Choice of Mobility.” Printers Devil Review, Spring, 2015
“Recent Histories: New Photography From Africa.” Contemporary And, September, 2016
Rubine, Nadine, “Bright Young Things.” Art South Africa V. 7.3, February 2009.
Ruth Butler, Shelley, “Museum without Walls: After Into the Heart of Africa,” Curatorial Dreams: Critics Imagine Exhibitions, McGill-Queens University Press, Montreal,2016
Ryan, Bartholomew, “Floating Architectures.” Exhibition Text, 2008.
Sablinska, Agnieszka. “Keeping Up With the Flow of the Art World, Just a Few Short Block Away.”, Columbia Spectator, April 30, 2008.
Sanchez, Barbara. “Las fronteras (in)visibles.” El Pais, August 20, 2014.
Sargent,  Antwaun, A South African Exhibition Explores African American Identity, The Creators Project, Dec 2 2016.
Schroeder, Hannah.  New exhibit in the Kennedy Museum features art from The Horn of Africa, The Post, Thursday, January 21, 2016.
Schultz, Charles. “Separate But Equal.” Art Slant, Summer 2009.
“Seeing Is Not Believing.” New York Times International, June 8, 2015.
Seymour, Tom, “The Stranger’s Notebook – Dawit L. Petros’ Journey Across Africa,” British Journal of Photography, April 13, 2016.
Shanberg, Ariel. “Site Seeing: Explorations of Landscape.” Exhibition Text, January 2009.
Smart, Paul. “Where We Live.” Woodstock Times, January 1, 2009.
Smith, Roberta. “Introductions.” The New York Times, August 31, 2007.
“Spotlight,” ArtMatters, Fall 2005.Sotorrio, Regina. “Las fronteras se rompen con arte.” Diario Sur, August 19, 2014. Tousignant, Isa. “From the Mouths of Babes.” Hour Magazine, April 2003.
“2005 PRC.” In The Loupe, January 2005.
“Untitled (Prologue II).” Harpers Blog, 19 September, 2016.
Vaughn, R.M. “ROM’s Position as Desired: At last, a black Canada by black Canadians.” The Globe and Mail, Friday, October 15, 2010.
White, Simone. “Dawit L. Petros.” Flow: Exhibition Catalogue, The Studio Museum in Harlem,2008.
Wilson, Michael. “Flow Motion.” ARTFORUM, 2008. Wolin, Joseph R. “Dawit L. Petros and Bryan Jackson.” Time Out, July 11-18, 2007.
Wong, Pamela. “Reinterpreting History in Black and White.” The Ottawa Sun, 2004
Young, Allison, “Dawit L. Petros” Artforum, Critics Pick, 25 June, 2016.

Awards/Grants/Artist Residencies                                                                2017
Visiting Artist, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
2016
Visiting Artist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Artist In Residence, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL
2014
Canada Council for the Arts, Long Term Project Grant
Invisible Borders TransAfrican Photography Collective, Artist-In- 
Residence
2012
Whitney Museum, Independent Study Program Fellowship
Salina Art Center, Artist-in-Residence
The Print Studio, Artist-in-Residence 
McColl Center for Visual Art, Knight Foundation, Artist-in-Residence
2011
Canada Council for the Arts, Production Grant
Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant
2010
Addis Ababa Foto Festival, Artist-in-Residence 
2008
Canada Council for the Arts, Production Grant 
The Studio Museum in Harlem, Artist-in-Residence
2007
Art Matters Foundation 
Center for Photography at Woodstock, Artist in Residency 
Montague International Travel Grant
2006
International Travel Grant, Office of the Dean, School of the Museum of
Fine Arts, Boston
Bartlett National Travel Grant, School of the Museum of Fine Arts,Boston
2005
Graduate Teaching Fellowship, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 
(2005-2007)
2004
Fulbright Fellowship, Canada–United States (2004–2006) 
Imperial Tobaco Canada Grant
Saskatchewan Arts Board Grant
J.Armand Bombardier Internationalist Fellowship
Fonds québécois de la recherché sur la société et la culture, Research
Scholarship
Alfred Pinsky Medal, Concordia University

Panels/Lectures/Visiting Artist 
2017
Visiting Lecture, Discrepant Modernisms, Concordia University, Montreal, QC
Visiting Lecture, Decolonising the Archive, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
2016
Public Lecture, The Stranger’s Notebook, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
Panelist, Beyond the Frame: Contemporary Photography from Africa and the Diaspora, Columbia University
Artist Lecture, The Stranger’s Notebook, Ontario College of Art and
Design, Toronto, ON
Panelist, Position As Desired, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, ON
Artist Lecture, The Stranger’s Notebook, The University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
Public Conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Harney, The Stranger’s Notebook, The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON
Panelist, Encounters Beyond Borders, Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University, Athens, OH
Artist Lecture, Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University, Athens, OH
2015
Art Connect: Dawit L. Petros in Conversation with Osei Bonsu, Tiwani Contemporary 
2014
Four Photographers Lecture Series: Dawit L. Petros, School of the Museum
of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 
2012
Artist Talk, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS 
Artist Talk, Salina Art Center, Salina, KS 
Visiting Artist, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS 
Artist Talk, McColl Center for Visual Art,Charlotte, NC 
2011
Visiting Artist, University of Manitoba, School of Art, Winnipeg, MA
Panelist, Documenting Diaspora(s), Literary Studies Colloquium, Fordham 
University,New York, NY 
Panelist, Position As Desired, Symposium, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto,
ON 
Visiting Artist, Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, CA 
Visiting Artist, Fordham University, New York, NY Panelist, African Literature, Visual Arts, and Film in Local and Transnational Spaces, 
Conference, Ohio University, Athens, OH 
Visiting Artist, Ohio University, Athens, OH 2010 
Visiting Artist, Department of Photography, The Cooper Union 
Panelist, Imagery and Africa Conference, Addis Ababa University, Addis 
Ababa, Ethiopia 
Panelist, The African Art Renaissance, Symposium, World Black Arts Festival, Dakar, Senegal 
Artist Lecture, Fordham University, New York, NY 
Panelist, The Exiles, Powerhouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY 
Panelist, Always Moving Forward, Gallery 44, Toronto, ON Artist Lecture, 
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA 2009 
Panelist, The Artist’s Voice: Encodings, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY 
Visiting Artist Lecture, UCI/OCMA Speaker Series, University of
California, Irvine, CA 2008 
Visiting Artist Lecture, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA 
Panelist, The Artist’s Voice: Flow, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New 
York, NY 
2007
Visiting Artist Lecture, The Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA
Visiting Artist Lecture, Tufts University, Boston, MA 
2006
Panelist, Alone, Gallery 44, Toronto, ON 
Artist Talk, Prefix Gallery, Toronto, ON 
Visiting Artist Lecture, Concordia University, Montreal, QC

Collections
BMO Financial Group, 1st Art Collection, Toronto, ON
The Center For Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY 
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA 
Gallery 44, Silver Editions, Toronto, ON
Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Infor Global Solutions, Alpharetta, GA
Saskatchewan Arts Council, Regina, SK 
Stanley Mills Collection, Concordia University, Montreal, QC 
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON
The University of Toronto Art Museum, Toronto, ON 
The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany
Wedge Curatorial Project, Toronto, ON