Maria Thereza Alves

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Born in 1961 in Sao Paulo (Brasil). Lives and works between Naples (Italy) and  Berlin (Germany).

Maria Thereza Alves’ artistic trajectory is inseparable from her political activism, whether it be in favour of ecology, the rights of indigenous minorities or territorial and decolonising struggles.

Maria Thereza Alves does not favour any particular medium, although her work often takes the form of prolific installations mixing natural and manufactured objects, videos, texts, drawings and photographs. These installations, like real investigations, reconstruct the artist’s explorations and actions on a given territory. In the same way, her field of research and commitment is free of geographical boundaries, whether she invests in the urban environment (New York, Manchester) or natural spaces. The Seeds of Change project, begun in 1999, this time articulates the issues of colonization, slavery and ecology. Seeds brought back to Europe by merchant ships are exhumed and then replanted in the heart of large western cities on floating platforms. The circulation of beings, whether human or plants, allows Alves to draw up a paradoxical history of globalization, between uprooting, abandonment and resistance.

In 2017, she has been awarded by the Vera List Prize.

Selected exhibitions include solo shows at IAC - Institut d’Art Contemporain (Villeurbanne), High Line (New York), Parsons - The New School of Design (New York), CAAC - Centre Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (Seville), Musée d’Histoire de Nantes - Château des Ducs de Bretagne, Serpentine Gallery (London), CRAC Alsace (Altkirch), Jewish Museum (Berlin). She has participated in many international biennials such as (d)OCUMENTA 13 (Kassel), Manifesta 7 (Trento), 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, 29th Sao Paulo Biennial.

Her work is part of prestigious collections as Migros Museum (Zurich), Centre National des Arts Plastiques (Paris), National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Heather & Anthony Podesta (Washington D.C.), BPS22 - Collection de la Province de Hainaut (Charleroi), IAC — Institut d’art contemporain (Villeurbanne), INELCOM Collection.

 

 

Selected press



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Mousse Magazine

Conversations - On Fights, Rights, and real Forms of (Artistic) Contribution

August 2019

Il Manifesto

Un mondo botanico

June 2019

Third Text

Maria Thereza Alves

October 2018

FRIEZE

Maria Thereza Alves

September 2018

ART NEWS

Maria Thereza Alves

July 2018

ART FORUM

Maria Thereza Alves

June 2018

Beaux-Arts

Maria Thereza Alves

March 2018

Mouvement

Maria Thereza Alves

March 2018

Délibéré

Flore de ballast : Maria Thereza Alves et la botanique de la colonisation

February 2018

Dream Idea Machine

Maria Thereza Alves

February 2018

Wall Street International

Maria Thereza Alves

February 2018

Zigzags Blog

Maria Thereza Alves

December 2017

Hyperallergic

Maria Thereza Alves

November 2017

Observer

Maria Thereza Alves

November 2017

The New York Times

Maria Thereza Alves

October 2017

Artforum

Maria Thereza Alves

December 2016

Artforum

Maria Thereza Alves

November 2016

Le Quotidien de l'Art

Maria Thereza Alves

November 2016

The New Yok Times

Maria Thereza Alves

November 2016

Frieze

Maria Thereza Alves - Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville

April 2015

El Cultural

Dónde estamos y quiénes somos

March 2015

Al Arabiya News

On the road to Art Dubai 2015

March 2015

ArtForum

Maria Thereza Alves - Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo

January 2015

Rufian Revista

El regreso de un Lago

January 2014

A-Desk

The Lake that Disappears, The Lake that Emerges:

September 2013

Ouest France

30 femmes endossent les grands nus de l'histoire

March 2012

EL PAÏS

Arte contra el sistema

June 2010

Art press

Rendez-vous 09

November 2009

Artforum

top 10

March 2008

Publications



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Maria Thereza Alves

May 2017
Publisher: Sternberg Press & CAAC
ISBN 978-84-9959-238-120.00 €

Seeds of Change: A Floating BAllast Seed Garden

May 2015

Maria Thereza Alves

December 2013
Publisher: École des beaux-arts de Nantes
ISBN 979-10-92693-00-3

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