Biennale of Sydney

Maria Thereza Alves

Maria Thereza Alves, Maria's House. Courtesy the artist. Copyright © Maria Thereza Alves. Photograph: Maria Thereza Alves.

Maria Thereza Alves

Born 1961 in São Paulo, Brazil
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany; Naples, Italy; and various other places


Maria Thereza Alves’ body of work investigates the histories and circumstances of particular localities to give witness to silenced histories. Her projects develop through a process of dialogue and site-specific interactions with 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.