Kareem-Anthony Ferreira

- / Cannon Gallery

Opening Reception: March 26 from 2:00-4:00pm

The Inc is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Hamilton-born painter Kareem-Anthony Ferreira. The works in Table, Manors reimagine moments from Ferreira’s Trinidadian family members’ lives, focused around the dining table. The images of preparing, serving, regarding, and eating food produce a rich exploration of not only Ferreira’s memories, but broader themes of colonialism in the Caribbean.

Ferreira’s painterly style recalls the composition and lightning of vernacular photography, often catching subjects mid-gesture and from a high angle. Their eyes are widened and look toward the viewer, while their faces glint with the bright light of the camera’s flash. These compositions, pulled from actual photographs collected by the artist, are in the productive tension with the materiality of his paintings, which incorporate collaged and textural motifs inspired by the environs surrounding his family’s home.

Simmering beneath the surface of Table, Manors are vestiges of European colonialism still deeply embedded in Caribbean culture, including within food and dining customs. While Ferreira’s practice often takes on the afterlife of British occupation of Trinidad, this body of work specifically explores the “table” and the “manor,” the latter phrase evocatively recalling the term “manner,” as in managed comportment, as well. As Ferreira explains, the inclusion of the fine china, elaborate dining room furnishings, and table decorations are colonial imports that have become an entrenched sign of civility in Caribbean households. But what most interests Ferreira are moments that break that script: a child feeding her father; a group of bodies gathered around–rather than seated at–a table; an ad-hoc meal of finger foods. Table, Manors is an exhibition built on the bedrock of such moments of communal excess and joy. 

This exhibition will be accompanied by an online and print publication. 

Related Programming:

Contemporary Art Bus Tour (Toronto – Burlington – Hamilton)
Saturday, April 9, 2022 from 11:00-4:00pm

Join us for a free bus tour from downtown Toronto to three contemporary art exhibitions in Burlington and Hamilton. Departing at 11:00am from OCADU (100 McCaul Street), the bus will make its way to the Art Gallery of Burlington (AGB), Hamilton Artists Inc., and the Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH), before returning to OCADU at 4:00pm. Travel and admission are free. Seating is limited, please register in advance to reserve your spot.

Exhibition Stops:
Erdem Taşdelen: The Characters: Act III (AGB)
Curated by Natasha Chaykowski
Tour led by Suzanne Carte, Senior Curator

Kareem-Anthony Ferreira: Table, Manors (the Inc.)
Tour led by Kareem-Anthony Ferreira, Artist

Michèle Pearson Clarke: Muscle Memory (AGH)
Docent-Led Tour

Safety Protocols: Masks and Proof of Vaccination mandatory

Accessibility: The school bus is not accessible, there are 4-5 steps up. All three venues are fully wheelchair accessible. A half-hour will be provided for lunch in downtown Hamilton. Outdoor space available. Bring snacks and water.

about the artist:

Kareem-Anthony Ferreira (b. 1989 Hamilton, Ontario; lives and works in Hamilton, Ontario) completed his BFA at McMaster University in 2012 and his MFA at the University of Arizona in 2020. Ferreira recently had a solo exhibition at Nino Mier Gallery, Glassell Park and has exhibited works at Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York; Alice Yard Gallery, Trinidad and Tobago; the Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona; DeFacto Gallery, Ontario; and the Workers Art & Heritage Museum, Ontario.

Thank you to our programming partners: Art Gallery of Burlington and Art Gallery of Hamilton.