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Lecture in Photography: Dawit L. Petros

October 16, 2024 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Dawit L. Petros stands in front of a bookshelf, arms crossed, wearing glasses and a black hat, shirt, and sweater.
Dawit L. Petros

Join the Museum of Contemporary Photography for a lecture by visual artist, researcher and educator Dawit L. Petros in conjunction with his solo exhibition, Prospetto a Mare, on view August 30 – December 20, 2024.

Dawit L. Petros is currently associate professor in the Department of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Petros completed the Whitney Independent Study Program, an MFA in visual art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, a BFA in photography from Concordia University, and a BA in history from the University of Saskatchewan. A recipient of awards including a Terra Foundation Research Fellowship, the Paul De Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Art Photography and a Fulbright Fellowship, Petros’s multidisciplinary work has been exhibited at Tate Modern, London; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City; and the Bamako Biennale, Mali, among other venues.

His work is informed by studies of global modernisms, theories of diaspora, and postcolonial studies. Throughout the past decade, he has focused on a critical re-reading of the entanglements between colonialism and modernity. These concerns derive from lived experiences: Petros is an Eritrean emigrant who spent formative years in Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Kenya before settling in central Canada. The overlapping cultures, voices, and tenets of this constellation produced a dispersed consciousness, global and transnational in stance and outlook. His works aim for an introspective and textured analysis of the historical factors that produced these migratory conditions. Petros installs photographs, moving images, sculptural objects, and sound work according to performative, painterly, or site responsive logics. Moving between the works echoes the extensive travel taken to produce them; while recurrent visual or formal devices quietly indicate the complex backdrops against which his projects are set.

Lectures in Photography are co-presented by the Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Photography Department of Columbia College Chicago. The series is free and is open to the public.



Wednesday, October 16, 2024
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Event Category:


Free Admission


Life-long Learners, Scholars
Free Admission
Event Topics
Activism, Community, Design, Public Art, Social Justice




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