Import/Export Exhibition

The Global Understanding Research Initiative is pleased to announce our 25 selected artists for the exhibition, Import/Export. From April- May 2021, each image will be printed onto an 84” x 60” canvas and stretched over a metal frame for display throughout campus in a public (outdoor) exhibition. Two two cash prizes for first and second place will be announced soon!

Exhibition Dates

April 5, 2021- May 15, 2021 

Exhibition Description

Given the imbalances and inequalities of import/export systems around the globe, this exhibition invites artists to reflect on the ways in which imports and exports affect their local spaces. How does the movement of people (immigration, tourism, etc.), goods (manufactured, agricultural, etc.), and/or information (data, digital media, etc.) affect local communities, politics, economies, and environments? Examples of relevant topics include, but are not limited to: impacts related to migration, tourism, food cultures, natural resources, agriculture, manufactured goods, digital information, and cultural expressions.

Import/Export Press Release - 'Import/Export' Outdoor Exhibition at Kent State Addresses Imbalances and Inequalities of Global Import/Export Systems 


Juror Bio



Dawit L. Petros, Act of Recovery (Part1), Nouakchott, Mauritania,
Archival Color Pigment Print, 20" x 26"
Image courtesy of the Artist and Tiwani Contemporary, London

Dawit L. Petros (Professor of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago) investigates boundaries in artistic, geographical, and cultural contexts. Working with installations, photography, research and extensive travels, his practice centers around a critical rereading of the relationship between African and European modernisms, as well as historical and contemporary narratives of mobility. Some recent exhibition venues include the The Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC; The National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC; The Royal Ontario Museum of Art in Toronto, and an Artist Residency at Addis Ababa Photo Fest.