For this Sunday Scene of The Power Plant’s Winter Season, Nehal El-Hadi will offer her insightful perspective on the work of Sandra Brewster, in the context of her exhibition at The Power Plant, By Way of Communion, curated by TD Curator of Education and Outreach Fellow, Joséphine Denis. Sandra Brewster and Nehal El-Hadi have previously worked together on Brewster’s exhibition text for her installation, Token | Contemporary Ongoing, at the Space Gallery in 2019. The Power Plant invites you to attend this Sunday Scene as El-Hadi will also address dynamics of place and belonging in Brewster’s installation, DENSE, which relates to her own work as a writer and researcher.
About Nehal El-Hadi
Nehal El-Hadi is a writer, researcher, and editor whose work explores the relationships between the body (racialized, gendered), place (urban, virtual) and technology (internet, health). Currently, she is researching sand as a material through which to understand social, cultural, environmental and geographical issues.
El-Hadi is the Science and Technology Editor at The Conversation Canada and Editor-in-Chief of Studio Magazine. She is in residency at the Theatre Centre in Toronto, where she is developing a live arts event that examines privacy, consent and surveillance in public spaces.
About Sandra Brewster
Sandra Brewster is a Canadian visual artist based in Toronto whose work has been exhibited nationally and abroad. Through her community-based practice, she engages with themes including identity, representation and memory, centering on the Black presence in Canada. The daughter of Guyanese-born parents, she is especially attuned to the experiences of people of Caribbean heritage and their ongoing relationships back home. Brewster’s meditations on being and place are expressed within her drawings, video and photo-based mixed media works that range from two-dimensional pieces to installations that incorporate the architecture of spaces.
Recent solo exhibitions include Blur at the Art Gallery of Ontario (2019/20), Token | Contemporary Ongoing at A Space Gallery in Toronto, Or Gallery in Vancouver and the Art Gallery of Guelph. Brewster’s work has been exhibited in group exhibitions including Identity in Flux, organized by VISART, Rajko Mamuzić Gallery in Novi Sad, Serbia; travelling to the National Gallery of Macedonia Skoplje in Northern Macedonia and then on to the Tivat Cultural Center Gallery in Montenegro. Another of her exhibitions Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art, organized by the Royal Ontario Museum, travelled to Musée des beaux arts in Montreal and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Canada (publication forthcoming).
Her works have been featured at Lagos Photo Festival 2018 in Nigeria, Aljira Contemporary Art Center in New Jersey, and Allegheny Art Galleries in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Brewster’s exhibition It’s all a blur… received the Gattuso Prize for Outstanding Featured Exhibition of CONTACT Photography Festival 2017. She was the 2018 recipient of the Artist Prize from Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts. Brewster’s work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada. Her works are currently on view as part of Breaking The Frame, curated by Phillip Prodger, Royal Ontario Museum (through January 16, 2022), Fragments of Epic Memory, curated by Julie Crooks, Art Gallery of Ontario (through February 21, 2022) and Blur, an installation in the atrium of Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Upcoming exhibitions include: Blur, Harnett Gallery, University of Rochester, New York, United States (2022); and The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (2022).