Token | Contemporary Ongoing | A Space Gallery, Toronto

Sandra Brewster, Untitled (Straw Mat), 2018

Sandra Brewster, Untitled (Straw Mat), 2018


January 25 2019 - March 9 2019
A Space Gallery, Main Gallery

Essay by: Nehal El-Hadi

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.

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Emilie Croning