Founder of SAM Art Projects

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Sandra Hegedüs studied philosophy and film at the prestigious Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP). A politically engaged artist, active in the São Paulo cultural sphere, she gave several performances in the early 1980s before settling in France in 1990. It was here that she developed a career as a producer of reports and documentary films. Passionate about art, she began a collection of contemporary art from 2005 onward. However, her desire to do more in terms of supporting and promoting artistic creation soon led her to become a patron of the arts.
In 2009, she created SAM Art Projects, which aims to promote, through residency programmes and the attribution of an annual award, the work of foreign artists in France, and French artists overseas. In a spirit of exchange and dialogue, the projects supported by SAM Art link the Parisian art scene to countries outside of the usual art circuits.
In 2013, SAM Art Projects became a nonprofit association, founded and supported by Sandra Hedegüs. In 2018 she wins the Prix Montblanc pour les Arts et la Culture en France.

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