Museum of Contemporary Photography
$68,000
Chicago, Illinois
2021

To support research and development activities for an exhibition and catalogue tentatively entitled Dawit L. Petros: Prospetto a Mare, examining how colonialism and cultural memory are inscribed within the visual culture and built environment of Chicago. The project introduces a Chicago chapter to photographer Petros’s ongoing body of work examining cross-border flows and diasporas spanning Italy, North and West Africa, and North America, as well as the ways Fascist design and politics asserted itself in Chicago and within a larger transnational context. The grant supports one national and two international curatorial research trips and the hiring of a Terra Foundation Research Fellow. The project is expected to lead to an exhibition as part of the Terra Foundation initiative Art Design Chicago.