Dawit L. Petros, "Untitled (Boundary Marker)", from "Mimesis (The Woodstock Series)", 2007, c-print, 20x48” diptych

Dawit L. Petros, “Untitled (Boundary Marker)”, from “Mimesis (The Woodstock Series)”, 2007, c-print, 20×48” diptych

Dawit L. Petros

“Mimesis (The Woodstock Series)” employs the formal device of a figure as it acts out a preconceived gesture to meditate on the relationship between subject and location. The pairing of images do not merely represent a before and after moment, but reconfigure the relationship between the two. The depicted body anticipates the absent gesture that follows. Each site confers possibility and both are reshaped through the application of memory. These images utilize transitions to assess implications and possibilities of becoming and behaving like something else. The process of subsuming one’s self into an environment through the faculty of imitation raises questions of affinity and reciprocity between oneself and one’s context.

Dawit L. Petros was born in Asmara, Eritrea and now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received his MFA in 2007 from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and his BFA in 2003 from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. Petros has had solo exhibitions at ISP Gallery (Montreal, Canada), Wedge Gallery (Toronto, Canada), and at Alexander Gray Associates (NYC), where his work is represented. His work has been included in group exhibitions throughout Canada and the United States, including the Studio Museum in Harlem (NYC), Museum of Contemporary Art (Detroit, MI), Wedge Gallery (Toronto, Canada), Jack Shainman Gallery (NYC), and Prefix Gallery (Toronto, Canada). He has received a Canada-United States Fulbright Fellowship, a J. Armand Bombardier Internationalist Fellowship, an Imperial Tobaco Canada Grant, a Saskatchewan Arts Board Grant, a Canada Council Visual Arts Production Grant, a Fonds Quebecois de la Recherche Sur a Societe et la Culture Research scholarship, and a Montague International Travel Grant.

Dawit L. Petros was an artist-in-residence at CPW in 2007.