Born Asmara, Eritrea. Lives and works Chicago, Montreal and New York.
Dawit L. Petros investigates boundaries in artistic, geographical and cultural contexts. Working with installations, photography, research and extensive travels, his practice centers around a critical rereading of the relationship between African histories and European modernism. By drawing upon forms rooted in diverse histories, Petros' artistic language enables a metaphorically rich articulation of the fluidity of contemporary transnational experiences and attendant issues of place-making, and cultural negotiation.
Petros completed an MFA in Visual Art as a Fulbright Fellow at Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; a BFA in Photography at Concordia University, Montreal and a BA in History at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. Recent exhibition venues include The Kansas City Art Institute’s H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO; Huis Marseille Museum of Photography, Amsterdam, NL; The Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University, Athens, OH; The Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC; The National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, MI; The Durban Art Gallery in Durban, SA; Medina Galerie Mediatheque in Bamako, Mali; The Royal Ontario Museum of Art in Toronto, ON and The Lianzhou International Photo Festival in Lianzhou, China. His works have been recognized with awards including an Independent Study Fellowship at the Whitney Museum of American Art, an Art Matters Fellowship, Canada Council for the Arts Production Grants, and Artist Residencies at The Studio Museum in Harlem, The McColl Center for Visual Art, and Addis Ababa Photo Fest. His works are in institutional collections including The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Royal Ontario Museum of Art, The Saskatchewan Arts Board, The Center For Photography at Woodstock, and numerous private collections.
Dawit L. Petros is a Visiting Artist in the Department of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is represented by Tiwani Contemporary in London, UK.