Sandra Brewster: Going Down Memory Lane
23 September 2015
AGYU celebrates twelve years of The Performance Bus! (Talk about a Symbol of Endurance!) With the space it creates for collective sociality, “set apart” from the otherwise mundane mode of arriving at an exhibition opening, The Performance Bus almost constitutes its own festive form of ritual performance, no?
And what better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than with one of Toronto’s most celebrated artists: Sandra Brewster. In Going Down Memory Lane Brewster brings us a Diasporic re-mix of all the songs from the 70s that remind her of her childhood. In honour of the Caribbean communities of that came to Toronto in the 70s, Brewster recreates the social circumstances that folks orchestrated in search of new communities that bridged back home.
The Performance Bus Departs OCADU (100 McCaul Street) to the exhibition opening of Marlon Griffith’s Symbols of Endurance on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 6 pm sharp and returns downtown at 9 pm.
Sandra Brewster is a multi-media artist creating work that engages issues of race, identity, representation and memory. She is particularly interested in the generation of folk of the African descent who arrived from the Caribbean during the migration influx of the 1960’s and 70’s. Her work has been published in Of Note Magazine, The Walrus, Small Axe, Chimurenga Magazine, Mix Magazine and NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art. Recent exhibition venues include Allegheny Art Galleries in Meadville, Pennsylvania; Alice Yard, Trinidad and Tobago, in Ontario: Georgia Scherman Projects and A Space Gallery, in Toronto, Robert Langen Gallery, Wilfrid Laurier University, in Waterloo and The Print Studio in Hamilton; SPACE, in London, England; and Five Myles Gallery, New York, NY. Sandra’s practice also includes work as an arts educator/community arts practitioner. For the last 3 years she hosted Open House, an exhibition and gathering placemaking event, held in her home, offering a space where culturally diverse communities of the contemporary arts may engage.