Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Dawit Petros, Untitled (Two), 2005, from the series Reinscriptions, C-Print, 30” x 40”
Dawit Petros, Untitled (Two), 2005, from the series Reinscriptions
2006 Lecture


Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art
401 Richmond St W Ste 124

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.

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