Maria Thereza Alves was born in Brazil and moved to New York at a young age. She has worked for the International Indian Treaty Council in New York City and was the founder of the Brazilian Information Center, working in defense of human rights of indigenous people. She also co-founded the Partido Verde (Green Party) in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1981. She has exhibited her artworks worldwide and often collaborates with Jimmie Durham.
Maria Theresa Alves and Jimmie Durham are both artists with their own distinguished artistic career, with very different topics of attention and modes of realisation. They are an artist couple and their video work is more intimately intertwined than may seem, not only because of a couple of joint video’s, but also because of Alves being the camerawoman for all of Durham’s video works. For the Moscow biennial they present for the first time ever a joint program, with both some of their most well-known video’s – such as the hilarious reverse ethnology of Alves’ ‘Male Display Among European Populations’ and some that have rarely been presented.
Credits ©image: Juan Llaguno