Brandon Brookbank

My practice, although rooted in photography, consists of varied material explorations including photography, video, found objects, sculpture and writing. Physical and emotional connection is often filtered from fingers to screens – that tension of translation and transformation informs my approach. Whether this idea of connection is more obvious or nuanced, it sits hovering above my practice like oil on water. How have our intimacies been warped? What is a modern relationship; with ourselves and those surrounding us? Throughout my work I extract a subtle queer narrative to deconstruct touch, structure and masculinity. I contradict typical narrative structure to highlight a layered and nuanced emotional exploration of daily intimacies. The stories become diluted and warped from reality; similarly as our modern apparatuses have twisted our daily subjectivities. Alongside these notions, anxieties of survival are imminent and thoroughly examined. A tension is built through image making and object manipulation – new lives can be formed and meanings are queered. Objects may resemble decay or glamour, photographs sit between reality and fiction, and their placement builds new narratives.

we move, just shifting

Brandon Brookbank‘s practice blends installation, photography, sculpture, and writing. He has studied at the Glasgow School of Art and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Photography. Currently, he is a MFA Candidate with a major in Photography at Concordia University. His work has been shown at the Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, Eyelevel Gallery in Halifax, Friends and Neighbours Gallery in Montreal, among others. He is the recipient of various awards and scholarships including the Roloff Beny Photography Scholarship and a Faculty of Fine Arts Fellowship from Concordia University.