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Art Review

Displacement in a theoretical world

East African artist’s life connections show up in distilled forms

You could call Dawit L. Petros a man without a country, or a man with many. He was born in Eritrea in 1972 during that East African nation’s conflict with Ethiopia. His family moved to Ethiopia, where they were briefly imprisoned. Over the years, they lived in Kenya, Sudan, and England, before they settled in Canada. Now Petros lives in New York.

The artist filters his story and questions about identity, through a modernist lens in “Dawit L. Petros: Sense of Place,” now up at the Museum of Fine Arts. It’s the second small show the museum has mounted this year spotlighting a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts; Petros got his MFA there in 2007.

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