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The Flood
Maria Thereza Alves

November 23rd - December 23rd, 2017

Michel Rein, Brussels

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Maria Thereza Alves - The Flood
Maria Thereza Alves - The Flood


The Flood


Watercolor paintings, text, objects and a photograph.

A flood devastated a small town in Brazil and Alves traces the man-made actions throughout colonial history until the present which caused this destruction. The cattle-stomped hills deliberately denuded of the rainforest – how can we love this injured land?

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.


Maria Thereza Alves
November 2017


THE VERA LIST CENTER FOR ART AND POLITICS, 2016-2018, prize was awarded to Maria Thereza Alves in New York City on November 3rd 2017.

Maria Thereza has recently exhibited in the Paris Triennial, Guangzhou Triennial, (d)OCUMENTA 13 in Kassel, Sao Paulo Biennial, Taipei Biennial, Manifesta in Trento, Prague Biennal, Athens Biennal and Lyon Biennal where she received the Prix de la Francophonie. In 2015 she partipated to Art Dubaï and set up a major solo exhibition in the Centre Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), Seville, Spain.

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.


For further information, please contact : Patrick Vanbellinghen, director