Sandra Poulson (b. 1995, Angola) lives and works in London. Poulson’s work 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. Focusing on her local Luandan experience, history and knowledge to investigate and discover networks between micro political moments and how they reverberate into macro politics. Her practice utilizes inherited societal memory from colonial Angola and the civil war to dismantle contemporary narratives through semiotic and archaeological studies of ordinary objects as actors in political and cultural ongoing transformations. Which inherently draws the questions posed by the work to the task of decoloniality.
Poulson graduated from BA Fashion Print at Central Saint Martins in 2020. Among various group shows and art fairs. She has shown at Liste Art Fair Basel (2021), Arco Madrid (2021) (solo) , Lagos Biennial (2019), Abuja Art Week (2020), Art Joburg (2020), Firstsite, Colchester (2021), Lethaby Gallery (2021, 2018), Nunnery Gallery (2019), Copeland Gallery (2018), and is included in the upcoming show for Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the South London Gallery (12/2021).
Poulson has had screenings at the Guggenheim NY (2021, Salts Basel (2021) and Boda Boda Lounge (2020). Poulson was awarded the Mullen Lowe Nova Award 2020, Your Nova Award 2020, the CSM Deans Award 2020, was selected for New Contemporaries 2021 and the BNC Digital Fellowship 2021.
Poulson’s work has been featured in Frieze Magazine, New Currency Magazine, Vogue US, Vogue Itália, Vogue Brasil, I-D, The Face, FAD Magazine, Creative Brief, Where’s the frame?, 10 Magazine, Creative Review, Artnet News, Jornal de Angola, AnOther Magazine among others.