Dawit L. Petros practice centres around a critical rereading of the relationship between African histories and European modernism. His installations and photographic works are conceived through extensive research and travels, drawing on forms rooted in diverse histories. Petros employs abstraction as an act of translation to push against naturalised ways of understanding form, colour and subjectivity. His artistic language enables a metaphorically rich articulation of the fluidity of contemporary transnational experiences and attendant issues of displacement, place-making and cultural negotiation.
His recent exhibitions include AIPAD | The Photography Show 2017, Pier 94, New York; Recent Histories – New African Photography, The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm (2017) and Walther Collection Project Space, New York (2016); New Acquisitions, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2016) and The Stranger’s Notebook, Kansas City Art Institute H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City (2016). Petros also participated in the 56th Venice Biennale (2015).