Take a Little Trip

  May 12 to September 29, 2023

College Art Galleries

Opening Reception: 
Friday / May 12 / 6:30pm 

Artist Talk: 
Thursday / May 11 / 12 noon / Murray Building, Room 299

curator, Leah Taylor
exhibition essay, Sally Frater

Sandra Brewster is a Toronto-based artist who foregrounds Black diasporic experience in her multidisciplinary practice. Brewster focuses on identity and representation, as well as the depiction of movement and gesture, resulting in a re-presentation of the portrait. She uses specific landscapes as metaphors, and manipulates old photographs to centre the people within them. Born to Guyanese parents, a series of her works refers to the migration of Caribbean people from the region, suggesting a formation of identity that encompasses multiple geographies and temporalities; a sense of identity that exists within the diaspora.
Sandra Brewster, Walk on by (film still), 2018, Super 8 video transfer, colour, 2 min. 28 sec. Courtesy of the artist and Olga Korper Gallery.
Sandra Brewster, Minnie Riperton, 2021-22, photo-based gel transfer on archival paper. Courtesy of the artist and Olga Korper Gallery.

About the Artist

Based in Toronto, Sandra Brewster works in drawing, video, photo-based works, and installation. Recent exhibitions include the Musée d’art Rouyn-Noranda (2023), the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2022-23), The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto (2022), Les Rencontres d’Arles (2022), Hartnett Gallery, Rochester (2022), Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2018–2022), and Or Gallery, Vancouver (2019). Her public sculpture A Place to Put Your Things is currently on view at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto until Spring 2023. 
Sandra Brewster headshot. Photo credit: Jalani Morgan