Andrea Popyordanova is a Bulgarian-based image-maker, working with documentary material through illustrations and publications.
The project featured on the RCA2020 platform is an email exchange of students from the RCA, unveiling stories, thoughts, experiences, snapshots of an institution, otherwise portrayed only through carefully curated stories. The project is part of the initiative Super Reflective with Margherita Sabbioneda, aiming to collect real stories of what has happened in an art school and how it reflects political and social events and trends. Superreflective - website
Another current project is a publication and ongoing research on coastal construction linked to illegal land trade in the Black Sea resorts and its impact on landscape, tourism and architecture. Research so far was collected into the publication First Line.
Number One - first email
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This email thread is a collection of thoughts, experiences and sincere opinions of students. It started with a student, voicing their concerns in an email sent to the entire school, asking at the end "please don't reply to me personally, reply all" and stating that it concerns everyone.
In the span of a few days (5-10 March), more than a 100 emails were sent as "reply all" by people from all courses. Voices from all departments are represented and contain specific information about situations in each course mentioned. They discuss the meaning of the education institution rankings according to which RCA is and has been Number One in the past years and whether the actual student experience is represented there.
All the names have been hidden, but original spelling and the sequence of emails was kept. This avalanche of testimonials triggered a student occupation of the Vice Chancellor building on the 9th of March and the students gathered together then later formed RCA Action group, Pause or Pay UK and started petitions to make real changes in how the Number One Art&Design Education Institution is run.
This project is part of the initiative Super Reflective with Margherita Sabbioneda, aiming to collect real stories of what has happened in an art school and how it reflects political and social events and trends.
Medium:A3 copy paper, digital black and white print
Super Reflective is accepting stories and anyone interested to share their experience or contribute in any way can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.