Sandra Poulson

2020 MullenLowe NOVA Award Winner, Artist

Sandra Poulson

Poulson is an Angolan interdisciplinary artist, researcher, and fashion practitioner who lives and works between London and Luanda. She graduated from BA Fashion Print at Central Saint Martins in 2020, with her project An Angolan Archive, which won the MullenLowe NOVA Award 2020, the YourNOVA Award 2020, and the Deans Collection Award.

Her practice discusses the political, cultural and socio-economic landscape of Angola as a case study to analyse the relationship between history, oral tradition, and global political structures. Her practice utilizes family and inherited societal memory from colonial Angola and the civil war to dismantle contemporary Angola through semiotics studies of ordinary objects, such as household items as actors in political and cultural ongoing transformations. This inherently draws the questions posed by the work to the task of decoloniality.

Since graduating, Sandra has shown her work at Art Joburg, SALTS Basel, the Guggenheim Museum NY, among others, and is currently working on a number of commissions with Luanda based gallery Jahmek Contemporary Art.

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An Angolan interdisciplinary artist, researcher, and fashion practitioner who lives and works between London and Luanda.

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