Close Look:

Dawit N.M. at the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk

Dawit N.M., Adam’s Eye, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.
Dawit N.M, Still from Mereba’s –Planet U music video, directed by Dawit N.M., 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

A native of Ethiopia, Dawit moved to Hampton Roads when he was six years old so he and his mother could reconnect with his father, who was in the U.S. Navy. Boredom during a snowstorm sparked Dawit’s interest in film through video games. The then ninth-grader taught himself the craft and committed to a career in filmmaking. He would later come to still photography, a media he had previously disregarded, while attending Old Dominion University and working for the campus newspaper. When his father suffered a stroke, Dawit turned to his newfound interest to understand his father’s illness, eventually launching a long-term project that took him to Ethiopia and back. This exhibition chronicles these and other beginnings in his life with a multimedia meditation on seeing and not seeing, movement and immobility, and loss and devotion.

from the exhibition text
Dawit N.M., Demera. Norfolk, Virginia, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.
Dawit N.M., E.E.G. Virginia Beach, Virginia, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.
Dawit N.M., Hands. Virginia Beach, Virginia, 2018. Courtesy of the artist.
Dawit N.M., Brad, Solo and the Mirror, Portsmouth, Virginia, 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

Dawit N.M.’s The Eye That Follows is on view through August 16 at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia.