611 talk: Maria Thereza Alves
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 | 2:45pm
611 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Since the 1980s, Maria Thereza Alves has produced a body of work that investigates the histories and circumstances of specific localities worldwide in order to give witness to silenced histories. Her research-based art develops out of interactions with the physical and social environments. Responding to local needs and proceeding through a process of dialogue facilitated by direct involvement in material, environmental and social circumstances, Alves explores spaces of agency and visibility. Alves's art work has been seen in many international exhibitions and biennials, among them Manifesta (2018, 2008), the Sharjah Art Biennial 13 (2017), the 29th São Paulo Biennale (2016, 2010), the Moscow Biennale (2015), the Berlin Biennial (2014), and dOCUMENTA13 (2012). Alves’s ongoing project Seeds of Change (1999 – ) has been awarded the Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics for 2016 – 2018. The artist’s recent publication, Recipes for Survival (University of Texas Press 2018) presents a searing photo documentary of life in southern Brazil.