Dawit L. Petros
My mixed media installations occupy a space between minimalist abstraction and an itenerant narrative. These “Social Abstractions” are invested in issues of colour and form that extend beyond the self-contained boundaries of the art object to encompass the circumstances that surround it. Questions of transformation, representational systems and strategies of site responsivity are the building blocks on which the various projects pivot: not only in relation to what is represented but also to what lies outside or at the edge of representation. For the viewer, the encounter with my works is with multiple forms that conjoin disparate cultural spaces and geographies, by utilizing forms of cultural production that insist on alternate ways to translate/read relationships to location.
Dawit L. Petros was born in Asmara, Eritrea, raised in Kenya and Canada and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He completed an MFA at the SMFA, Boston, (’07), a BFA in Photography at Concordia University, (’03), and a BA in History at the University of Saskatchewan, (’96). Petros’ works have been shown at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Alexander Gray Associates, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., PPOW Gallery, Gallery 4, Observatoire 4, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Jack Shainman Gallery, Prefix Gallery, Gallery 101. Awards include; Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant, Art Matters Foundation Grant; Center for Photography at Woodstock Residency, and a Fulbright Fellowship. He was an Artist-in-Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem in New York, NY in 2008-2009.