In Token | Contemporary Ongoing, Sandra Brewster re-presents objects selected and transported from various Caribbean geographies and temporalities, projecting them beyond the private and intimate spaces of their belonging. These objects are belongings, possessions. The deliberate and deliberated presence of these object-images bears witness to our movements through time and space. The objects themselves function as reminders of where we come from, their value increasing in significance through their transportability, material durability, and sheer and sometimes irrational or inexplicable nostalgia.

The object provides a material reference for memory-time, a point of origin & destination & presence & departure & conclusion & arrival. The object projects and exists in past, present, future, and reflects back to us our emotions, including desire, regret, love. Memory-time is non-linear, cyclical, the object providing a necessary (re)calibration point in the spiral of our lives’ progressions.”

– Nehal El-Hadi for the installation at A Space Gallery

Link HERE for Token Reflections, an audio recording that accompanies this exhibition.

Pointer Broom, Photo-based gel transfer – Or Gallery, Vancouver (June 15 to August 3, 2019) Photo credit: Dennis Ha

Photo-based gel transfer on paper – Or Gallery, Vancouver (June 15 to August 3, 2019) Photo credit: Dennis Ha

Iron and Handkerchief Photo-based gel transfer on plinth – Or Gallery, Vancouver (June 15 to August 3, 2019) Photo credit: Dennis Ha

Installation image, Or Gallery, Vancouver (June 15 to August 3, 2019) Photo credit: Dennis Ha

Installation image, Art Gallery of Guelph (January 22 to April 12, 2020) 

Installation image, A Space Gallery, Toronto (January 25 to March 9, 2019) Photo credit: Selina Whitaker

Installation image, A Space Gallery, Toronto (January 25 to March 9, 2019) Photo credit: Selina Whitaker

Dutch Pot, Photo-based gel transfer on paper, 30x40in., 2018  Photo credit: Craig Boyko

Doily, Photo-based gel transfer on paper, 30x40in., 2018  Photo credit: Craig Boyko


                          Oxford Dictionary, Archival pigment print, 73x48in., 2019  Photo credit: Craig Boyko

Token | Contemporary Ongoing | 2019 | Work