Photo:Kiluanji Kia Henda, Icarus 13, The first journey to the Sun, 2007. Installation (8 photographs, model and text), Variable dimensions, 2/3 + 1 AP.

FAS – Forward Art Stories is a private, grant making collection and curatorial platform, based between Lisbon (Portugal) and Luanda (Angola). Founded in 2016, FAS is driven and strengthened by its collection and the ideas behind the diverse narratives and artistic expressions of the African continent and its diaspora. FAS is currently managed by Carolina Pelletier Fontes, and steered by the FAS Board of Trustees, chaired by Mariana Champalimaud and advised by Mehak Vieira. By today, FAS integrates the voices of a diverse group of emerging and established artists including Abdoullaye Konaté (Mali, 1953), Alexandra Karakashian (South Africa, 1988), António Ole (Angola,1951), Buhlebezwe Siwani (South Africa, 1987), Dawit L. Petros (Eritrea, 1972), Diamakatso Mathopa (South Africa, 1995), Edson Chagas (Angola, 1977), Ernest Mancoba (South Africa, 1904), Felix Shumba (Zimbabwe, 1989), Fernando Alvim (Angola, 1963), Frida Orupabo (Norway, 1986), Grada Kilomba (Portugal,1968), Hank Willis Thomas (USA, 1976), Helena Uambembe (South Africa, 1994), Hicham Benohoud (Morocco, 1968), Ihosvanny (Angel Cisneros) (Angola, 1975), Januário Jano (Angola, 1979).

FAS promotes dialogue and knowledge about artists and curators from the African continent and its diaspora, foregrounding their diverse narratives and artistic expressions. FAS curates a collection of artistic positions that represent cultural, political, and historical views. Committed to creating change, FAS seeks to center these voices and address the issues they raise. They also seek to complement and strengthen the production, recognition, awareness of ideas and perspectives in contemporary art, by creating conditions to propel emerging voices from these nations, fostering talents through critical curatorial proposals and publishing practice. FAS aspires to expand and grow by entangling a dialogue between new perspectives and experienced artists from various countries of the African continent and its diaspora. They aim to support artists and curators in their careers with their research and production grants program; through dialogue, publishing, and curatorial programs; and through institutional partnerships to disseminate, circulate and discuss the works from the collection.

FAS supports the recognition of artists as a member of the Delfina Foundation Network of Africa Patrons, as well as through donations to institutions such as TATE and the Centre Pompidou. Other initiatives over the recent years include partnerships with La Biennale de Lubumbashi, PhotoEspaña, Kadist. The collection is associated with publications and editions such as Atlantica by Hangar Books, envisioning the expansion of the canon of Western culture and enhancing knowledge of the African visual arts. To promote new readings of the collection and to highlight the relevance of thematic aspects emerging from it, FAS invites guest curators, writers, and critics, who collaborate on their collection and publishing program.

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