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V.O Curations, 56 Conduit Street, W1S 2YZ

In Conversation: Sandra Poulson & Dr Jareh Das

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To mark Sandra Poulson’s first solo exhibition in London, Economy of the Dust, at V.O Curations, the artist will be in conversation with Dr Jareh Das, reflecting on her practice, the concepts that formed the exhibition and upcoming projects.

Developed during her residency at V.O Curations, Sandra Poulson presents a series of new works, which draw from the artist’s personal experience of growing up in Luanda, Angola. For this exhibition, presented across two gallery spaces, the artist took the ever-present dust in the city, central to its geographic location, to reflect on Luanda’s economic, social and cultural landscape. The works are made in fabric, a material seminal in constructing the way our bodies navigate the world, with each element pattern cut and handsewn.

Dr Jareh Das is a researcher, writer and curator who lives and works between West Africa and the UK. Das’ academic and curatorial practice is informed by an interest in global modern and contemporary art with a specific focus on performance. In 2022, Das curated Body Vessel Clay: Black Women, Ceramics and Contemporary Art, Two Temple Place, London and York Art Gallery, an exhibition that spanned seventy years of ceramics and explored how clay has been disrupted, questioned and reimagined by Black women artists including Ladi Kwali, Magdalene Odundo, Phoebe Collings-James and Jade Montserrat amongst others. Since 2011, Das has held curatorial and editorial positions with Middlesbrough Institute of Art, Middlesborough; Etemad Gallery, Dubai; Arts Catalyst, London; MVRDV, Rotterdam; and Camden Art Centre, London and has contributed to a number of publications including Wallpaper*; Ocula; Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art; and ARTnews. In 2022, Das was awarded a two-year early career fellowship from The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art as part of their New Narratives Awards. She holds a doctorate in Curating Art and Science: New Methods and Sites of Production and Display in partnership with Arts Catalyst and Royal Holloway, the University of London and holds an MA in Curating Contemporary Art, the Royal College of Art, London and a BA (Hons) in Material Culture, Architecture and Museum Studies from the University of Leeds.

Sandra Poulson (b. 1995, Lisbon) is an Angolan artist who lives and works between London and Luanda. Poulson graduated from BA Fashion Print at Central Saint Martins in 2020. Among various group shows and art fairs, she has shown at South London Gallery (2021), 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).

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.