Marta Lança

Marta Lança is a Portuguese jornalist, born in Lisbon in 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 a free-lance 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 (2014).

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.

As a curator she organized Roça Língua (S. Tomé e Príncipe 2011), an encounter and book for portuguese speaking writers. Lança co-curates the cultural program at Lisbon based Zona Franca. In this year she translated to portuguese A Crítica da Razão Negra, by Achille Mmbembe and organized a collaborative book about the topic of Body in essays and artistic's studies.


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  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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