Dawit Petros is a multidisciplinary artist who works in photography, film, video and installation. Portraiture has been his primary area of investigation, as evidenced in Transliteration, a series that draws on fashion, cinema and hiphop culture, and Some Families, which focuses on the family album. His most recent series, Reinscriptions, consists of large colour portraits of Eritrean families from various communities in North America. Moving between the formal portrait and the simple snapshot, Petros’s photography always holds a highly dramatic appeal.

Born in Asmara, Eritrea, Dawit Petros holds a BA in history from the University of Saskatchewan and a BFA in photography from Concordia University. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at venues including Gallery 101 (Ottawa), Observatoire 4 (Montréal) and, most recently, Jack Shainman Gallery (New York).

This lecture is presented by Prefix in association with Wedge and CONTACT. Prefix gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts.