Dawit L.Petros
Dawit L.Petros

I work with photographs, installations, research, and writing to examine the relationship between African and European modernisms. My research is situated within a paradigm that re-evaluates theoretical and historical arguments to better navigate the complexities of the contemporary landscape’s experiences of displacement, place-making, and cultural negotiation. I am honoured to be a participant in the 5th edition of the The Invisible Borders Trans-African as it enacts narratives of mobility across the African and European continents.

As an east African with ties to Europe, Africa and North America; the project represents a unique opportunity to connect transborder movements between Africa to Europe to global migrancy from East to Western Europe, South to North America. Secondly, the act of making art work with the Invisible Borders art laboratory will provide a structure to better understand the alternate meanings that artistic and cultural production acquire as they travel and migrate through boundaries of national or ethnic belonging. The meaning of the work we make will be continuously under evaluation and revision as we shift from site to site and engage with new realities. Lastly, and perhaps, more importantly, I embrace the chance to engage the numerous localities and people that we will meet from the position of the stranger and the unpredictable outcomes that these encounters will have to alter fixed points of view-both our own and those of others.

 PS: To read more about the Invisible Borders 22-country adventure/ road trip, visit http://www.invisible-borders.com/blog

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