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)

The Flood. (S) Michel Rein Galerie, Brussels 2017

Dates: November 24 until December 23, 2017
Opening: November 23, 2017, 6-9pm

→ further informatition on gallery website Michel Rein, Paris/Brussels

Pompei@Madre. Materia Archeologica. (G) Curated by Massimo Osanna, Andrea Viliani. Madre Museum, Naples, Italy 2017

Dates: November 19, 2017 – April 4, 2018
Opening: November 18, 2017

→ further informations on Madre website

Otium – Corruption and the Dash. (G) Curated by Raffaela Naldi Rossano. Residency 80121, Naples, Italy 2017

Dates: November 19 – December 9, 2017
Opening: November 18, 2017
Venue: Palazzo Marigliano, Via San Biagio dei Librai 39, 80138 Napoli

Residency 80121 è lieta di presentare "Otium – Corruption and the Dash", mostra che chiude la prima di una serie di residenze in collaborazione con il Relais Regina Giovanna di Sorrento.

Verschwindende Vermächtnisse: Die Welt als Wald – Disappearing Legacies: The World as Forest. (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

The show will travel to:Tieranatomisches Theater, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany (20 April – 26 August 2018) and Zentralmagazin Naturwissenschaftlicher Sammlungen, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany (20 October – 16 Dezember 2018)

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
→ Events around the Vera List Prize Exhibition
Seeds of Change: New York-A Botany of Colonization_November 19-26

Reframing Worlds. Mobilität und Gender aus postkolonial, feministischer Perspektive. (G) Curated by Antje Weitzel. Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin 2017-2018

Dates: November 4, 2017 until January 21, 2018

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

JERUSALEM LIVES (Tahya Al Quds). (G) Curated by Reem Fadda; Assistant Curators: Yara Abbas and Fawz Kabra. The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, Palestine 2017

Dates: August 27 - December 15, 2017
→ further informations about The Palestinian Museum and the show

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

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


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.)