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.

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

In 1978, Maria Tereza Alves made an official presentation at the U.N. Human Rights Commission in Geneva on human rights abuses of the Indigenous population of Brazil. In 1987, Alves was co-founder of the Green Party of Sao Paulo. Ever since, Alves’ activism has evolved an internationally renowned artistic practice whereby the spaces of art and social action are inseparable. One of these projects is ‘The Return of a Lake’ in which Alves works with the Indigenous people of the Xico valley in Chalco, nearby Mexico City, supporting and learning with the rehabilitation of a lake. 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.

KEYNOTES is a new monthly series at Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, focusing on the voices of artists. KEYNOTES take place on Friday nights at MELLY. Everyone interested in art and ideas is welcome.

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