Sandra Brewster

It's all a blur...
May 5 - June 10, 2017, Opening Reception: May 4, 6-8pm


Georgia Scherman Projects presents It's all a blur Sandra Brewster's first solo show with the gallery and a Featured Exhibition of Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2017.

It's all a blur... is a series of gestural portraits made with photo-based gel transfers. Brewster uses the medium as a metaphor for movement or change from one place to another, specifically in reference to the migration of her parents and their peers who left Guyana for Toronto in the late 1960s. Inspired by the preciousness of old photographs and their relationship to time and memory, the series mimics and somewhat exaggerates the physicality of those photographs by revealing the imperfections left by creases, tears, and folds.

Brewster is interested in how change, especially change of location, impacts identity. She relates this work to Dionne Brand’s writing, which explores the complexities involved in forming a sense of self, focusing on that same generation of Caribbeans arriving to Canada. They “come full of ourselves—who we were and are and will become.”

Sandra Brewster is a Toronto born visual artist creating work engaged in race, identity, representation and memory. She holds a BFA from York University and a Masters of Visual Studies from the University of Toronto. Her work has been published in Hyperallergic, Caribbean Beat, Of Note Magazine, The Walrus, Small Axe, Chimurenga Magazine, Mix Magazine and NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art. Exhibitions include UnIFixed Homelands, Aljira Contemporary Art Center, New Jersey; New Found Lands, Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John's, Newfoundland; blur, Franklin Gallery, Chicago; Performing Blackness I Performing Whiteness, Allegheny Art Galleries, Meadville, Pennsylvania; Mohammeds, Alice Yard, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; and 28 Days, Georgia Scherman Projects in Toronto. In 2017 her work was presenting as part of Position As Desired: Exploring African Canadian Identity, Photographs from the Wedge Collection (curated by Kenneth Montague) at the Art Gallery of Windsor, ON, Canada. Also this year, Brewster has held solo exhibitions: Assemblage, Never Apart Gallery, Montreal, QC, Canada, and A Trace | Evidence of time past, thesis exhibition, Art Museum, University of Toronto, ON, Canada. In 2017/18 Brewster will be in residency at the Sacatar Foundation, Brazil.