Kareem-Anthony Ferreira:
Table, Manors


JUNE 3 – JUNE 30, 2022
OPENING RECEPTION: JUNE 10, 2022 | 7 – 10 PM

The Centre[3] Emerging Artist Residency is a self-directed residency that highlights artists with less than 5 years of exhibition history. This 12-week residency offers artists dedicated studio time, space, and technical support to work in facilities for traditional printmaking — such as lithography, silkscreen, and intaglio — in addition to digital media production. The residency culminates with an exhibition in one of Centre[3]’s galleries.

In 2021, Centre[3] for Artistic + Social Practice hosted three emerging artists-in-residence: Olivia Brouwer, Valentin Brown, and Kareem-Anthony Ferreira. Please join us in celebrating these artists and the works they created during their residencies at Centre[3].

Table, Manors is a developing body of work by Hamilton-born painter Kareem-Anthony Ferreira. The works in Table, Manors reimagine moments from his Trinidadian family members’ lives, focussed around the dinner table. The images and structures reference and display preparing, serving, regarding, and eating food produce a rich exploration of not only Ferreira’s memories, but moreover the broader thematic of colonialism in the Caribbean. Ferreira’s painterly style recalls the composition and lighting 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 family photographs collected by the artist, is in productive tension with the materiality of his paintings. Paired with these paintings are a collection of readymade sculptures which he has carefully curated. Collected are a variety of chairs from the place setting of different homes that are then reupholstered with hand printed fabric printed with reimagined island prints. Both these paintings and sculptures incorporate various print, collaged or textural motifs inspired by the environs surrounding his family’s home.

Simmering beneath the surface of Table, Manors are the vestiges of European colonialism still deeply embedded within Caribbean culture, including within food and dining customs. While Ferreira’s practice at large often takes on the afterlife of the 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 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.

Artist Bio

Kareem-Anthony Ferreira (b. 1989 in Hamilton, Ontario; lives and works in Hamilton, Ontario) completed his BFA at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario 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.


Anthony-Kareem Ferreira, Table Manors.
Anthony-Kareem Ferreira, Table Manors.
Kareem-Anthony Ferreira, Detail of “Freedom to Want: British Colonial Style Dining Chairs with Recolonized Upholstery (collection of 5), 2022. Handprinted Serigraph on textile upholster on found chairs.