Maria Thereza Alves


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Maria Thereza Alves, a Brazilian artist living in Europe, researches social and cultural phenomena. Alves focuses on concepts that question social circumstances; concerning what we think we know, who we think we are and to look instead at where and how we actually are at this time.

Alves has recently exhibited in the Paris Triennial, Guangzhou Triennial, (d)OCUMENTA 13 in Kassel, the Sao Paulo Biennial, the Taipei Biennial, Manifesta in Trento, the Prague Biennal, the Athens Biennal and the Lyon Biennal where she received the Prix de la Francophonie.

Other selected exhibits:

Museo Tamayo in Mexico City Fondazione Sandretto in Torino, Berlin Film Festival, Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol, Kunsthalle in Basel, San Francisco Art Institute, Michel Rein Gallery in Paris, NBK in Berlin, Musée Portuaire in Dunkirk, Nikolaj in Copenhagen, Liverpool Biennale, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Culturegest in Lisbon, RAM in Roma, Werkleitz Biennale, Gallery 101 in Montreal, BueroFriedrich in Berlin, Villa Medici in Rome, TaideMuseo in Pori, Museum in Progress in Vienna, Insite in Tijuana and San Diego, Kunstwerkt in Munich, Steirischer Herbst in Graz, Boxx in Brussels, Beursschouwburg in Brussels, Central Space Gallery in London, New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, Temistocles 44 in Mexico City, Casa del Lago in Mexico City, La Estacion Gallery in Cuernavaca, Bienal de Habana, and Kenkeleba House in New York.

Selected press


Rufian Revista

El regreso de un Lago

January 2014

Ouest France

30 femmes endossent les grands nus de l'histoire

March 2012


Arte contra el sistema

June 2010

Art press

Rendez-vous 09

November 2009


top 10

March 2008



Maria Thereza Alves

December 2013
Publisher: École des beaux-arts de Nantes

English / French
296 x 209 mm
112 pages

ISBN 979-10-92693-00-3