Maria Thereza Alves

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Recipient of the Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics 2016-2018.

From the Jury Statement: The jury unanimously awards Maria Thereza Alves the third Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics for her boldness in addressing through art urgent questions of resistance to homogenization of life itself. By reimagining the historical geography of the contemporary world, she practices globalization from below to understand the planet as a holistic ecology. Seeds of Change, since 2002, tracks the routes of transport of goods and people and while making visible the dormant potentialities of soil, seas, and people. Artistic excellence is expressed across mediums and her critical practice inside and outside of the art world is key to the precise forms of impacts her projects achieve.
(Jury: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Chair; Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Charif Kiwan, Carin Kuoni, Radhika Subramaniam)

→ further details on Vera List Center Prize (WEB English)

Shows (S for solo show, G for group show)

May the bridges I burn light the way. (G) Curated by María Inés Plaza Lazo. Exile Gallery, Berlin 2018.

Dates: July 14 – August 11, 2018
Opening: July 14, 2018
further information on Exile Gallery website

Time Trade and Surplus Value. (S) Artiaco Gallery, Naples 2018

Dates: July 5 – August 31, 2018
Opening: July 4, 2018 at 19:30
further information on Artiaco Gallery website

Contemporary Brazilian Art. (G) Curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti and Diego Sileo. PAC – Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milano 2018

Dates: July 4 – September 9, 2018
further information on PAC website

Manifesta 12 Palermo: The Planetary Garden. Cultivating Coexistence. (G) Curated by Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Bregtje van der Haak, Andrés Jaque and Mirjam Varadinis. Palermo, Italy 2018

Dates: June 16 – November 4, 2018
Opening/Preview Days: June 14 – 16, 2018
further information on Manifesta 12 website
more on Alves at Manifesta 12

No Man's Library / La Biblioteca di Tutti. (G) Curated by Zerynthia. Ex Biblioteca Universitaria, Piazza Università 21, Sassari, Italy 2018

Opening: Thursday May 10, 2018
No Man's Library / La Biblioteca di Tutti is part of the triennal project Sentieri Contemporanei promoted by Fondazione di Sardegna with Zerynthia Contemporary Art Association OdV and Decamaster.

Verschwindende Vermächtnisse: Die Welt als Wald – Disappearing Legacies: The World as Forest. (G) Curated by Anna-Sophie Springer & Etienne Turpin. Tieranatomisches Theater, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany 2017-2018

Dates: April 26, 2018 - August 26, 2018
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The show will travel afterwards to: Zentralmagazin Naturwissenschaftlicher Sammlungen, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany (20 October – 16 Dezember 2018)

Agora (High Line Art New York) (G) Various locations on the High Line, New York 2018-2019

Dates: April 19, 2018–March 1, 2019
further information on High Line Art New York website

Recent or Upcoming Publications (Monographs or Texts by Alves)

Recipes for Survival. Solo publication. With a foreword by Michael Taussig. Texas of University Press, Austin 2018

After 35 years the unpublished book "Recipes for Survival" will be released in November 2018.
further information on Texas of University Press website
further information on the work "Recipes for Survival"

The Clearing. Text published in: Into the Woods. Harvard Design Magazine No. 45, S/S 2018. Ed. by Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Jennifer Sigler. 2018

further information on Into the Woods, Harvard Design Magazine

Objets culturels traditionnels du Brésil. Ed. by Bétonsalon - Centre d'Art et de Recherche and Mélanie Bouteloup et. al.. Paris 2017

more information about the Book 36 Short Stories

This is not an Apricot. Ed. by Concreta (Nuria Enguita Mayo & Laura Vallés). Concreta 09, Spring Issue, Valencia (Spain) 2017

→ Concreta Website

This is not an Apricot in Concreta 09, 2017
(The Spring Issue 2017 of Concreta Magazine, based in Valencia (Spain), provides a full survey of Alves' work This is not an Apricot, 2008/2009.)

Maria Thereza Alves. El Largo Camino a Xico. / The Long Road to Xico. 1991-2015. Ed. by Pedro de Llano (CAAC, Seville) 2016

The book is the first comprehensive monograph about the works and projects by Alves. With unpublished artist's text by Alves, and essays by Pedro de Llano and T.J. Demos. Sternberg Press, Berlin 2017
Publication date: May 2017
→ for more details see on STERNBERG PRESS website