Maria Thereza Alves


Maria Thereza Alves (b. 1961 in São Paulo, Brazil, living in Berlin) in her work explores sociological and cultural phenomena. Key topics include the impact of the Spanish conquest of South and Central America as well as that of Portuguese colonialism on the indigenous peoples of Brazil. Alves creates relationships between ecology, local history, urban development and the exploitation of nature. The series Invisible Shadows (2015) presents seed pods from native plants of the region around Ubatuba in the Brazilian rainforest as beadwork and refers to the language of the Tupinumba, which was extinguished in the wake of European colonization. Most recently her work were shown, among others, at Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville (2015); documenta 13, Kassel (2013); Jewish Museum, Berlin (2011); 29th São Paulo Biennial (2010); 10th Biennale de Lyon (2009); Manifesta 7, Bolzano (2008); 3rd Guangzhou Triennial (2008); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2006); 49th Venice Biennale (2001).



Invisible Shadows: Teçâ (eye)
2015, textile, thread, glass beads, 37 × 37 cm, unique piece, certificate
1.800 euro member, 2.100 euro non-member
sold out


Invisible Shadows: Apigçâ (ears)
2015, textile, thread, glass beads, 37 × 37 cm, unique piece, certificate
1.800 euro member, 2.100 euro non-member


Invisible Shadows: Jurû (mouth)
2015, textile, thread, glass beads, 37 × 37 cm, unique piece, certificate
1.800 euro member, 2.100 euro non-member
sold out