Sandra Brewster’s installation Blur features members of the Kingston community. The exuberant scale and format contribute to the work’s strong assertion of Black people’s enduring presence. Brewster uses an unpredictable gel transfer process to evoke the complexities of global movement, such as the migration of her parents and their peers who left Guyana for Toronto in the late 1960s. The ongoing Blur series is a meditation on transitional states of diasporic presence. Inspired by the sense of memory suffusing old photographs, Brewster mimics and exaggerates the physical quality of images by revealing imperfections left by creases, tears and folds.
Sandra Brewster is a Canadian visual artist based in Toronto. Her work has been exhibited nationally and abroad. A recipient of the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Artist Prize (2018) and the Gattuso Prize for Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival (2017), Brewster has been recognized for her community-based practice that centres a Black presence located in Canada.