How to gather? Acting in a Center in a City in the Heart of the Island of Eurasia

Under challenging circumstances, the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art opts for a radical format and changes its structure: the biennale will be condensed into ten days. Artistic, discursive and reflective moments will shape the space. Located in the Pavilion No.1 of VDNKh, it is here that the Moscow Biennale will evolve, as a think tank in real time.

Biennale: Sept 22 - Oct 1, 2015
Documentary exhibition project: Oct 3 - Oct 11, 2015


Alves, Maria Thereza

Born in São Paulo, BR
Based in Berlin, DE

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 biennale they presented a joint program, with both some of their most well-known videos – such as the hilarious reverse ethnology of Alves’ ‘Male Display Among European Populations’ and some that have rarely been presented.

Credits ©image: Juan Llaguno