Maria Thereza Alves

Recipes for Survival
Seeing you



Witnesses, a mural proposal for the Tevere River in Rome, by Maria Thereza Alves was chosen by Associazione Tevereterno Onlus and Fondazione Quadriennale to replace William Kentridge’s mural on the same spot.

Somos Aunque Nos Olviden - We are even they forget us.

24 Festival del Centro Histórico en Guatemala.
22 - 23 October 2021, 7pm
We are even they forget us is a social initiative that emerged in the context of the SARS COV-2 pandemic in Mexico City in May 2020. Starting from the window, the building, the wall of a building as audioviual support and canvas.
Details of the Film Program below and here

Xico Community Museum celebrates 25 Years of Resistance. 25 Años de Construcción y Resistencia.

The Museo Comunitario del Valle de Xico is celebrating its 25 years anniversary with a new Website and Book.
More information on the website

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

Thinking Hands, Touching Each Other – The 6th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art. (G) Curated by Çagla Ilk, Misal Adnan Ylldlz and Assaf Kimmel. Ekaterinburg, Russia 2021.

Dates: October 2 – December 5, 2021
Professional Preview: September 30 – October 1, by invitation only
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Sonance Saturated Stone. (S) Fondazione Morra Greco Neaples, Italy 2021.

Dates: September 17, 2021 – tba
Opening: September 16, 2021, 6pm
Info and Booking:
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De botanische revolutie. (G) Curated by Heske ten Cate, Eva Burgering and Laurie Cluitmans. Centraal Museum Utrecht, Netherlands 2021/2022.

Dates: September 11, 2021 – January 9, 2022
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Extractive Zones. (G) Curated by Museum der Kulturen Basel; co-curated by Liliana Gómez. Museum der Kulturen Basel, Switzerland 2021.

Dates: July 2 – October 17, 2021
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Sustaining Assembly. Pratiche artistiche per una transizione ecologica dal basso. (G) Curated by Piero Gilardi and Marco Scotini. PAV – Parco Arte Veventi, Torino, Italy 2021.

Dates: May 11, 2020 – October 24, 2021
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Never Spoken Again: Rogue Stories of Science and Collections. (G) Curated by David Ayala-Alfonso. 2020-2021.

The exhibition tours - after its first venue at Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University (MSU Broad) in 2020 - to Telfair Museums, Jepson Center, Savannah, GA, USA from June 18, 2021 - August 29, 2021 and to The College of Wooster Art Museum Wooster, OH, USA from October 12, 2021 - December 12, 2021.
more informations about the show and its touring schedule

Recent or Upcoming Publications (Monograph, Texts or Interviews by Alves)

Fires Dance with the Tides of Time, An exploration into the traditional fire practices and contemporary complexities in specific cultural and historical contexts across the Atlantic, published in: Arts Cabinet, London 2021.

Texts by Abigail Croker & Kapil Yadav | Maria Thereza Alves & Elisa Strinna.
Read the Texts online

Emigration: Improvising Amongst Unforeen Rocks, published in: Voice Over - Magazine for Alternative Discourse. No. 3: Borders. December 2020, p. 18-30.

Voice Over, an online magazine created by international artist David Liver with the support of the Intercultural Cities Programme of the Council of Europe, invites thinkers from the international sphere to address questions such as “How do we address intercultural, interclass, or inter-racial issues for raising criticism, exercising resistance, and experimenting with alternative discourses?”.
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Son del Pueblo, published in: Versopolis/Review, November 16, 2020.

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Thieves and Murderers in Naples: A Brief History on Families, Colonization, Immense Wealth, Land Theft, Art and the Valle de Xico Community Museum in Mexico, No Man's Land Collection, edited by Di Paolo Edizioni, Spoltore, Italia 2020.

"This book is dedicated to the people of Xico in the State of Mexico and to the Valle de Xico Community Museum."
For joining the artists' call also see the project Son del Pueblo / Of the People

→ to purchase the book please contact:

Book Review: Maria Thereza Alves, "Recipes for Survival", Text by Nicola Gray, in: Third Text, Online Book Reviews, August 2020.

'Sou Bugre, Bugre Pura.' 'I am Bugre, Pure Bugre.', Maria said, published in: Nirin Ngaay. Source book with texts edited for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, 2020.

'When they come flee', said my grandmother to my mother. And years later, my mother would say to me, `When they come flee.', published in: Nirin. Catalogue of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, 2020.

The Freedom to Develop What Is Necessary: Maria Thereza Alves Interviewed by Richard William Hill, published in: Bomb Magazine, March 16, 2020.

Read the Interview online