Maria Thereza Alves

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

Maria Thereza Alves is the Recipient of the Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics.

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)

Verschwindende Vermächtnisse: Die Welt als Wald. (G) Curated by Anna-Sophie Springer & Etienne Turpin. Centrum für Naturkunde, Universität Hamburg, Germany 2017

Dates: November 9, 2017 - March 18, 2018
→ further informations about the show

Seeds of Change: New York – A Botany of Colonization. (S) Parsons - The New School for Design (Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center) New York 2017

Dates: November 3–27, 2017
Opening reception: November 3, 2017; 6:30-8pm

Part of the Vera List Prize is an international conference:
Where We Are Now: 2016-2018 Biennial Prize Conference
November 3–4, 2017
→ further information about the conference

Carry Forward. (G) Curated by Lisa Myers Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario; Canada 2017

Dates: September 29, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Opening reception September 29, 2017
→ further informations on Kitchener Waterloo website

Survival Kit 9. Becoming an Apricot, an Apple, a Crow, a Tree, a Cockroach, a Glacier, a Plant, a Mushroom, a Shell, a Bird, Algae. (G) Curated by Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Solvita Krese, Inga Lace. Venue: Former Faculty of Biology of the University of Latvia; Kronvalda bulvaris 4, Riga, Latvia.

Survival Kit is organized by: Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art.
Dates: September 8 – October 1, 2017
Opening: September 7, 2017

Programa de Itinerância da 32ª Bienal de São Paulo. (G) SESC Santos, SP, Brasil 2017

Dates: September 5 until November 19, 2017

Programa de Itinerância da 32ª Bienal de São Paulo: A Bienal de São Paulo estabeleceu parcerias com algumas renomadas instituições culturais do Brasil para realizar uma série de exposições itinerantes, após o encerramento do evento em São Paulo. As mostras, desenvolvidas com base em segmentos da exposição principal, serão apresentadas de fevereiro a dezembro de 2017, em museus e instituições de outras cidades brasileiras.

Frestas Trienal 2017: Entre Pós-Verdades e Acontecimentos / Between Post-truths and Events. (G) Curated by Daniela Labra. Sorocaba, São Paulo State, Brasil 2017

Dates: August 12 – December 3, 2017 (Opening: August 11, 2017)

→ further informations about Frestas Trienal

Il Frammento Come Strumento. Per un’archeologia dell'effimero / Fragments as a tool. Towards an archaeology of the ephemeral. (G) Curated by Lorenzo Bruni. Galleria Astuni, Bologna, Italy 2017

Dates: July 6 – October 28, 2017
→ further informations on the Galleria Astuni website

4.543 billion. The matter of matter. (G) Curated by Latitudes (Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna). CAPC / musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, France 2017-2018

Dates: June 29, 2017 – January 7, 2018
→ further informations on the CAPC website

Sharjah Biennial 13, Tamawuj. (G) Curated by Christine Tohme. Sharjah 2017

Dates: March 10 – October 2017
→ press announcement of Sharjah Biennial


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

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.)

T.J. Demos. Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology.

published at Sternberg Press in Summer 2016
Demos writes in detail about Alves's work "The Return of the Lake" (chapter: ¡Ya basta! Ecologies of Art and Revolution in Mexico)
→ Sternberg Press (bookshop)