Join us for a KEYNOTE by artist, activist and educator Maria Thereza Alves, and followed with a Q&A moderated by Clara Balaguer, Head of Social Practices at the Willem de Kooning Academy.

Maria Thereza Alves
The Return of a Lake: The Community Museum of Valle de Xico, social practice, and Indigenous hydro-agriculture

Maria Theresa Alves is a Brazil-born artist, a cofounder of the Green Party of São Paulo, and a former member of the International Indian Treaty Council. On November 6, Alves will contribute a KEYNOTE in which she discusses her long term project ‘The Return of a Lake’ In this meeting of art and activism, Alves works with the Indigenous people of the Xico valley in Chalco, nearby Mexico City, supporting and learning with the rehabilitation of a lake in the shadow of generations of colonial and neo-colonial devastations. Here, what returns is not just a lake, but the possibility of a way of life.

Alves’ work has been featured within Biennale of Sydney 2020, dOCUMENTA (13), and Manifesta 12 among many other biennales and Museum venues. Following the lecture Alves will be joined for a Q&A with Clara Balaguer, Head of Social Practices at Willem de Kooning Academy and founder of The Office of Culture and Design in Manila. The lecture will be followed by a reception in MELLY.

The KEYNOTE series is a new monthly platform in Rotterdam to gather in thought and conversation. Each KEYNOTE takes place on Friday nights in MELLY, and online, focusing on the voices of artists and ways of ‘sense-making’ in art and society.

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The activities at MELLY are supported by the Droom en Daad Foundation.