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)

Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness. (G) Curated by Katya García-Antón, with Antonio Cataldo. OCA (Office for Contemporary Art) Oslo, Norway 2018

Dates: April 12 – June 3, 2018
Opening reception: Wednesday April 11, 2018 at 18:00

further information on OCA website

The Méditerranéen – The Middle Earth. A project by Jimmie Durham and Maria Thereza Alves. (S) Curated by Nathalie Ergino. IAC – Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne / Rhône Alpes, France 2018

Dates: March 3 – May 27, 2018
further information on IAC website

Seeds of Change: New York – A Botany of Colonization. (S) Gallery Michel Rein, Paris 2018

Dates: February 10 – March 31, 2018
further information on gallery website

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

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)


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

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.)