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Maria Thereza Alves


Biography

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 Reina Sofia (Madrid), 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 (Madrid).


Selected works

Chanson Florale, Maria Thereza Alves
The Flood (After the cattle economy...), Maria Thereza Alves
The Flood, Maria Thereza Alves
The Flood (The atlantic rainforest was cut...), Maria Thereza Alves
Untitled, Maria Thereza Alves
Untitled, Maria Thereza Alves
A Possible Reversal of Missed Opportunities, Maria Thereza Alves
Aicoabeeng, Maria Thereza Alves
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Museum exhibitions

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Maria Thereza Alves -

Potential Worlds 1: Planetary Memories, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland, 2020, photo: Stefan Altenburger. Collection Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

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Potential Worlds 1: Planetary Memories, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland, 2020, photo: Stefan Altenburger. Collection Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

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OIKOVYTERI ITEKO'A MÔ'NGUEVYA (Decolonization continues), 22nd Biennial of Sydney, Autralia, 2020. Ph. Zan Wimberley

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OIKOVYTERI ITEKO'A MÔ'NGUEVYA (Decolonization continues), 22nd Biennial of Sydney, Autralia, 2020. Ph. Zan Wimberley

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Courants Verts, Fondation Groupe EDF, Paris, France, 2020, photo: Nikolai Saoulski

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Fragile Earth: Seeds Weeds Plastic Crust, MIMA - Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, UK, 2019, photo: Hynes Photography

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Una proposta di sincretismo (questa volta senza genocidio), Manifesta, Palazzo Butera - Cantiere aperto, Palermo, Italy, 2018. Ph. Wolfgang Traeger

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Maria Thereza Alves & Jimmie Durham, The Middle Earth, IAC - Institut d'Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France, 2018

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Maria Thereza Alves & Jimmie Durham, The Middle Earth, IAC - Institut d'Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France, 2018

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Maria Thereza Alves & Jimmie Durham, The Middle Earth, IAC - Institut d'Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France, 2018

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A Ballast Flora Garden: High Line Lunchtime Reading Sessions, High Line at Gansevoort St., New York, USA, 2017

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Maria Thereza Alves: Seeds of Change - New York a Botany of Colonization, Vera List Center Prize, The New School, NY, USA, 2017

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Maria Thereza Alves: Seeds of Change - New York a Botany of Colonization, Vera List Center Prize, The New School, NY, USA, 2017

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Maria Thereza Alves: Seeds of Change - New York a Botany of Colonization, Vera List Center Prize, The New School, NY, USA, 2017

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Maria Thereza Alves: Seeds of Change - New York a Botany of Colonization, Vera List Center Prize, The New School, NY, USA, 2017

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Wake: Flight of Birds and People, Art Dubai projects, A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, 2015

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El largo camino a Xico (1991-2014), Centre Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), Seville, Spain, 2015

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El largo camino a Xico (1991-2014), Centre Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), Seville, Spain, 2015

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El largo camino a Xico (1991-2014), Centre Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), Seville, Spain, 2015

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El largo camino a Xico (1991-2014), Centre Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), Seville, Spain, 2015

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El largo camino a Xico (1991-2014), Centre Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), Seville, Spain, 2015

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El largo camino a Xico (1991-2014), Centre Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), Seville, Spain, 2015

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El regreso de un lago, dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany, 2012

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El regreso de un lago, dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany, 2012

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Par ces murs nous sommes mal enfermés, Musée d'Histoire de Nantes, Château des Ducs de Bretagne, Nantes, France, 2012

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Manifesta 7, Trentino, Italy, 2008

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3rd Guangzhou Triennial, Farewell to Post-Colonialism, Guangzhou, China, 2008

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A Global Multitude in the Rotonde, Les Rotondes, Luxembourg, 2006


Videos

TALK

Maria Thereza Aleves adresses the central ideas of the Dialogues on Art and Publics series,

TALK

Maria Thereza Alves presenting her work at The Parsons School, New York

FOCUS WORK

Pascal Beausse, head of the Cnap's photographic collection, presents Fair Trade Head, a work by Maria Thereza Alves


Press

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Publications

Maria Thereza Alves

Maria Thereza Alves

Publisher: Sternberg Press & CAAC

2017

Seeds of Change: A Floating BAllast Seed Garden

Seeds of Change: A Floating BAllast Seed Garden

Publisher:

2015

Maria Thereza Alves

Maria Thereza Alves

Publisher: École des beaux-arts de Nantes

2013


Portfolio