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Dawit L. Petros: Spazio Disponibile

Hundreds of independent art and museums spaces were forced to close due to the Corona-Crisis. In this series we are celebrating the fantastic artistic events that are right now sitting behind closed doors. Dawit L. Petros presents his new body of work underlining the unexplored links between colonization, migrations and modernism at The Power Plant, Toronto.

Dawit L. Petros, Spazio Disponibile, 2020. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2020. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

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Spazio Disponibile – Italian for ‘Available Space’ – scrutinizes historical gaps in European memory, particularly that of modern Italy. Alluding to vacant advertising sections that appeared in Rivista Coloniale, a widely circulated early 20th century magazine and the official organ of the Italian colonial project, the title is also a reference to the colonial gaze that viewed the lands of Africa as ‘available’ space to occupy and exploit.

Dawit L. Petros, Spazio Disponibile, 2020. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2020. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Dawit L. Petros, Spazio Disponibile, 2020. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2020. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Dawit L. Petros, Spazio Disponibile (Detail), 2020. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2020. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Dawit L. Petros, Spazio Disponibile, 2020. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2020. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Dawit L. Petros, Spazio Disponibile, 2020. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2020. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Dawit L. Petros, Spazio Disponibile, 2020. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2020. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Dawit L. Petros, Spazio Disponibile, 2020. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2020. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Dawit L. Petros, Spazio Disponibile, 2020. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2020. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Dawit L. Petros, Spazio Disponibile (Detail), 2020. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2020. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Dawit L. Petros, Spazio Disponibile, 2020. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2020. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Dawit L. Petros, Spazio Disponibile (Detail), 2020. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2020. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

 

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