Performative Lecture: Dawit L. Petros and Irene Campolmi

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 6:30pm

In conjunction with the Winter 2020 exhibition Dawit L. Petros: Spazio Disponibile, The Power Plant and OCAD U co-present a unique meeting between the artist and guest curator, Irene Compolmi. The two will speak about Petros’s recent projects and the development of The Power Plant exhibition. They will conclude by taking questions from the audience.

About the Artist & Curator

Born in Eritrea, Canadian artist Dawit L. Petros explores relationships between African histories and European modernism, investigating artistic, geographical and cultural boundaries using photography and installations. Petros takes a variety of formal approaches ranging from documentary observation to carefully staged constructions. At The Power Plant, Petros will present a new body of work investigating the vestiges of Italian colonialism in architecture and infrastructure in the Horn of Africa and North America. The project reflects on Italian migration to North America in the period between the two World Wars (during which around 40,000 Italians came to Canada alone) in relation to contemporary stories of migration, engaging a critical reading of African modernist histories of mobility and European colonialism. Irene Campolmi is an Italian independent curator based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Auditorium (Room 190), Toronto, ON
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