Maria Thereza Alves was born in São Paulo, Brazil in 1961. She lives and works in Berlin.
Her work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennial and at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, among others. Alves’ projects are researched-based and developed from her interactions with the physical and social environments of the places she lives or visits for exhibitions and residencies. In particular, she investigates the consequences of colonial politics by observing the flora of these locations.
Alves’ project for Manifesta 12, Una proposta di Sincretismo (questa volta senza genocidio), consists of an installation with the aim of representing the complex and multilayered cultural exchanges that have taken place in Palermo over the course of its history.