Nancy Dantas completed her MA in Contemporary Art, Theory and Criticism at the University of Essex under the supervision of Prof Margaret Iversen and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Curatorial Studies and Exhibition Organization, awarded to her by the Faculdade de Belas Artes de Lisboa. She graduated in Communication Science from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in 2001. Over the past 15 years, she has taken on a number of formative roles and has worked variously as an independent collections manager, press liaison, editorial assistant, curator, arts translator, writer, administrator and reviewer, having contributed to a number of publications including Hyperallergic and Art Agenda. She is currently reading towards her PhD with a focus in exhibition histories. She was born in 1976 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Her curations include Thin Air with Michael Biberstein, Fernando Calhau, Ivan Grubanov, Ana Manso; Quantos Queres with Markus Amm, John Beech, Michal Budny, Sean Edwards, Germaine Kruip, João Seguro, and MARZlive with Julian Rosefeldt, Johanna Billing, Matt Stokes, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Filmgruppe West (Michaela Eichwald, Kai Althoff, Ralf Schaf).
Recent and forthcoming contributions to conferences include Antagonisms in Africa (ISCTE, Lisbon, January 2017) and The Museum Reader (Museu do Chiado, Lisbon, March 2017).