Maria Thereza Alves

Maria Thereza Alves

Brazil, 1961. Lives in Germany.

Maria Thereza undertook research residencies in Filignano in 2010, 2011 and 2012, creating two new works About the Village (a poem in multiple voices) and Sur l’Herbe (homage to Domenico and Vincenzo Mancini).

Alves has worked and exhibited internationally since the 1980s, creating a body of work investigating the histories and circumstances of particular localities to give witness to silenced histories. Her projects are researched-based and develop out of her interactions with the physical and social environments of the places she lives, or visits for exhibitions and residencies. These projects begin in response to local needs and proceed through a process of dialogue that is often facilitated between material and environmental realities and social circumstances. While aware of Western binaries between nature and culture, art and politics, or art and daily life, she deliberately refuses to acknowledge them in her practice. She chooses instead to create spaces of agency and visibility for oppressed cultures through relational practices of collaboration that require constant movement across all of these boundaries.

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