Maria Thereza Alves

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Awards and Launches

Website Launch for the Project: Decolonizing Brazil / Descolonizando o Brasil. will be launched at September 18, 2018.
further information about the project Descolonizando o Brasil at SESC Sorocaba

DECOLONIZING BRAZIL / DESCOLONIZANDO O BRASIL is a project and website by Maria Thereza Alves in collaboration with Cagüücü Tikuna (Lucas Quirino), Kaly Tariano (Agostinho Brazão Barbosa), Kuhupi Waura, Ñorõ Tuyuka (Reginaldo Ramos), Omawalieni Baniwa (Eliane C. Guilherme), Potira Kambeba (Rosangela B. Braga), Rayana Atikum (Rayana S. Freire), Selia Tukano (Selia Massa Alves) and Sunia Yebámashã (Jonas Prado Barbosa)

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)

Verschwindende Vermächtnisse: Die Welt als Wald – Disappearing Legacies: The World as Forest. (G) Curated by Anna-Sophie Springer & Etienne Turpin. Zentralmagazin Naturwissenschaftlicher Sammlungen, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle Wittenberg. 2017-2018

Dates: October 20 – December 14, 2018
Opening: October 19, 2018, 7pm

Address: Zentralmagazin Naturwissenschaftlicher Sammlungen, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle Wittenberg, Domplatz 4, D-06108 Halle/Saale
further information on the show

A Forest. (G) Curated by Laurent Courtens. L’iselp, Brüssel, Belgium 2018.

Dates: September 21 – December 15, 2018
Opening: September 20, 2018, 18.30-21h
further information on L’iselp website

Decolonizing Brazil / Descolonizando o Brasil. SESC, Sorocaba 2018.

Opening: September 18, 2018, 6pm
Dates: September 21, 2018 until February 3, 2019
further information on SESC website

Arte Democracia Utopia - Quem não luta tá morto. (G) Curated by Moacir dos Anjos. Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. 2018-2019.

Opening: September 15, 2018, 16-21h
Dates: September 16, 2018 – May 16, 2019
further information on Museums website

I continue to shape. (G) Curated by cheyanne turions. Art Museum, University of Toronto, Canada 2018.

Dates: September 5 – December 8, 2018
further information on Art Museum Toronto website

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)

Decolonizing Brazil. The text is an extended version of the preface for the publication: Descolonizando o Brasil. published in: Nero Editions (Online Magazine Rome), December 2018

Read text at Nero Editions Website

text (PDF English)

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