Date - Thursday, March 25, 2021
7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Big Ideas in Art and Culture Lecture: Dawit L. Petros
Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 7 pm
Free | Online (Zoom) | Register here >
Presented by the ArtsEverywhere Festival, CAFKA, and the Art Gallery of Guelph
Over the last decade, the work of Eritrean-born Canadian artist Dawit L. Petros has focused on a critical re-reading of the entanglements of colonialism and modernity. Tracing the trajectory of this exploration through successive exhibitions, Petros will highlight how these creative investigations speak to the complex colonial and postcolonial histories connecting East Africa and Europe as well as to how these histories are reflected in the interplay of mobility, colonization, and contemporary stories of migrancy. While the histories of Black Canadians from the Horn of Africa – Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia – are a vital component of contemporary Canadian communities, their complex narratives expand familiar conceptualizations of African Canadian or Black Canadian experiences. The 2021 edition of the Big Ideas in Art and Culture Lecture is presented by the ArtsEverywhere Festival, CAFKA, and the Art Gallery of Guelph in conjunction with Petros’ upcoming AGG exhibition Prospetto a Mare (Prospectus to Sea).