Marta Lança

Lisbon (1976). Phd student on Artistic Studies at FCSH - University Nova de Lisboa where she holds a post graduation degree in Portuguese Literature. She has been working as journalist, translator, editor and producer. She was professor Fernando Gil’s assistant and organized two summits: “The Process of Believe” and “New Robotics” (Gulbenkian, 2003). Having widely written for the Portuguese mainstream press (Público, Diário de Notícias, Le Monde Diplomatique, LER), Lança was chief-editor of V-Ludo cultural magazine (2000-01). These editing experiences lead her to Cape Verde, where she launched cultural magazine Dá Fala, support by Gulbenkian and IPAD (2004). From that period on, Lança’s focus has turned into contemporary culture in African Portuguese-speaking countries. She lived in Luanda for three years where, besides working as a journalist and teaching Literature at Agostinho Neto University, she collaborated with Luanda Triennalel (running an art gallery) and worked as a producer at Luanda Film Festival. In 2009, within the frame of INOV-ARTES program, she worked at DOCKANEMA, Maputo’s Documentary film festival. She has worked as reasearcher and producer in film documentaries, namely Eu Sou África, Maria João Guardão (2010); Triângulo (2012); No trilho dos Naturalistas (2013-16). In 2010, prior to the launch of the website BUALA (at São Paulo Biennial) of which she is Chief-Editor, she lived in Rio de Janeiro for half a year. She organized a collaborative book about the topic of Body in essays and artistic’s studies (Este Corpo que me Ocupa, Buala, 2014). As a curator she organized Roça Língua (S. Tomé e Príncipe 2011), an encounter and book for portuguese speaking writers; the program Ephemeral Landscapes (2015) wich consists of an exhibition and a symposium in Lisbon about Ruy Duarte de Carvalho. With Raquel Lima, the cycle “For us, by us: African and African cultural production in debate” (2018), she collaborated in the Meeting Where I (We) Stand (Gulbenkian, 2019); The BUALA cycle at maat Museum “and I am sparse in dense fluidity, Gestures of Freedom (2020). With Rita Ratálio, she created Terra Batida, a network of people, practices and knowledge taking a stand against ecological violence and politics of abandonment (2020). She translated from french to portuguese A Crítica da Razão Negra, by Achille Mbembe, Políticas da Inimizade (Antígona).

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