Maria Thereza Alves

Recipes for Survival
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Research Fellowship of Museo delle Civiltà Rome 2022/2023.

Mercoledì 26 ottobre saranno presentate le prime Research Fellowship del Museo delle Civiltà, affidate a sei artisti che daranno avvio a un programma di lungo termine in cui sviluppare autonomi progetti di ricerca. I quali verteranno sugli archivi e le collezioni del museo e le molteplici tematiche che esse pongono in materia di contestualizzazione, catalogazione e metodologia di ricerca, in funzione di una riflessione comune volta all’adozione di pratiche condivise nei processi di prestito, esposizione e restituzione. 

I sei artisti del programma pluriennale di Research Fellowship sono Maria Thereza Alves, Sammy Baloji, DAAR- Sandi Hilal & Alessandro Petti, Bruna Esposito, Karrabing Film & Art Collective, Gala Porras-Kim.


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.

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

Pratiques Cosmomorphes – (Ré)Générer Le Vivant. (G) Curated by Nathalie Ergino in collaboration with Sarah Caillet. ICA – Institut D’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes, 2024.

Dates: March 21 – July 28, 2024
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I Don’t Agree / Non sono d’accordo. A new work commissioned by MUCIV as part of the research fellowship at the Museo delle Civiltà. Curated by Matteo Lucchetti. Museo delle Civiltà, Rome, Italy 2023/2024.

Dates: September 11, 2023 – ongoing
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Recent or Upcoming Publications (Monograph, Texts or Interviews by Alves)

Exercises in Decolonizing One’s Imagination ~ Weaving Common Ground Part 1. A Talk with Maria Thereza Alves by Wilma Lukatsch, transcript publishing, Bielefeld 2023.

The Text is published in the Anthology "Künste dekolonisieren. Ästhetische Praktiken des Lernens und Verlernens / Decolonizing Arts. Aesthetic Practices of Learning and Unlearning" which is based on a Lecture Series by the Research Training Group „Das Wissen der Künste / The Knowledge in the Arts“ at University of the Arts in Berlin.
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„Wo ist für dich der Ort der Indigenen? “– Dekoloniale Kunstwissenschaft als Verortungspraxis kolonialen Nicht-Wissens / "Where is the place of the Indian for you?" - Decolonial Art Science as a Practice to Localizie Colonial Ways of Not-Knowing. Text by Wilma Lukatsch about Maria Thereza Alves' work "Um Vazio Pleno / A Full Void" from 2017, transcript publishing, Bielefeld 2023.

The text is published in: "An den Rändern des Wissens. Über künstlerische Epistemologien / The Margins of Knowing. On Artistic Epistemologies".
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Interview with Maria Thereza Alves by Giovanni Aloi & Michael Marder. The original contribution is part of the comprehensive reader: Vegetal Entwinements in Philosophy and Art. Published by MIT Press, 2023.

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Silvia Bottinelli in conversation with Maria Thereza Alves. The conversation is part of the book: Artists and the Practice of Agriculture Politics and Aesthetics of Food Sovereignty in Art since 1960 by Silvia Bottinelli. Published by Routledge, 2023.

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Maria Thereza Alves: Seeds of Change. Edited by Carin Kuoni and Wilma Lukatch. Published by Amherst College Press and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School. Designed by Common Name. 2023.

The first monograph of Alves’s historic project, Seeds of Change is edited by Carin Kuoni and Wilma Lukatsch and features essays by the artist as well as Katayoun Chamany, Seth Denizen, Jean Fisher, Yrjö Haila, Richard William Hill, Heli M. Jutila, J. K?haulani Kauanui, Lara Khaldi, Tomaž Mastnak, Marisa Prefer, and Radhika Subramaniam.

The book can be ordered through Amherst College Press or
Vera List Center for Arts and Politics.

--> The book is announced in The New York Review of Books, May 25, 2023.