Our artistic practice and our daily lives, which we’ve shared for nearly twenty years, unfurls in that territory between one and the other, an unknown terrain of desire and fear, of a world to explore, that’s out there to be discovered.”


Dias & Riedweg includes Mauricio de Mello Dias (b. 1964, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Walter Stephan Riedweg (b. 1955, Luzern, Switzerland), who have worked together since 1993 to make collaborative and interdisciplinary public art projects, videos, and performances.

Dias studied in the school of fine arts at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro from 1982 to 1986. After traveling through Europe, he took courses in engraving at the Schule für Gestaltung in Basel, Switzerland. He subsequently studied at the Printmaking Workshop in New York. Riedweg’s formal education focused upon theater and music; he studied at the Musik Academie in Luzern, the Scuola di Teatro Dimitri in Verscio, Switzerland, and participated in several workshops at the Performance Studies Department at New York University.

Together, Dias & Riedweg combine video, ethnography, and performance art to tackle social and political issues; in their projects, the artists examine human subjectivity as it is conditioned by ideas of nationhood and mediated by contemporary technology. Based in Rio de Janeiro, the duo often looks to the conditions of that city’s favela cultures to consider how a city is constituted. Much of their production is based upon social exclusion. Using the tools of both documentary and fiction, the duo make works which narrate experiences of social alienation and distance, and they consider these experiences as immigrants themselves: “Perhaps the condition of the immigrant, as someone who brushes up against difference at every turn, is almost the ideal condition for poetic creation,” notes Riedweg.


Histórias Frias e Chapa Quente, Casa França Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, Brazil

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014: Histórias Mestiças, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil

Little Stories of Modesty and Doubt, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland

2013: Amparo y Desamparo, Fotograma 13, Montevideo, Uruguay

Possible Archives, Kunsthal Nikolaj, Copenhagen, Denmark

2012: Até que a rua nos separe, Centro de Artes Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Corpo Santo, Museum der Prinzhorn Sammlung, Heidelberg, Germany

Estranhamente Possível, Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil

2011: Dias & Riedweg: Peñas de Pena, CajaSol, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain; CajaSol, Seville, Spain

2010: Cold Stories, Solo Show at FIAC Art Fair, Bendana-Pinel Art Contemporain, Paris, France

Dias & Riedweg: Peñas de Pena, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

The Periphery of your Eyes, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City, Mexico

Che – Project Room, PINTA London, Galería Filomena Soares, London, UK

2009: Paraísos Possíveis – Dias & Riedweg, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil

Sentidos sem direccão e outras direcções de sentido, Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon, Portugal

… and it becomes something else, Americas Society, New York, NY, USA

Moving Truck and Recent Works, Argos, Festival des Arts, Brussels, Belgium

Chaque chose sa place, autre place autre chose, Galerie Bendana-Pinel, Paris, France

2008: Elsewhere at the same time, Kunsthalle Oslo, Norway

Of The Universe of the Ball, Arco Solo Projects 2008, Galeria Filomena Soares, Madrid, Spain

Funk Staden, Vleeshal Middelburg, Holland

2007: Funk Staden and Voracidad Máxima, Documenta 12, Kassel, Germany

Promenade, Frieze Outdoor Solo Project, Galeria Filomena Soares, London, United Kingdom

Gravities, Museu da República, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2006: Les Valises pour Marcel, Miami Basel Art Fair, Galeria Vermelho

Juksa, Lofoten International Art Festival, Fugløya, Norwegen

2005: The Unfinished World, Espace Le Plateau, Commissioned by Festival d'Automne à Paris, Paris, France

Cabra Criada (Grown Beast), Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, Brazil

Sambing Camera, Villa Arson, Nice, France

2004: Possibly speaking about the same, Kiasma Museum of Contempory Art, Helsinki, Finland

2003: Possibly speaking about the same, Macba Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain

Selected Public Collections

Centro Cultural Belém, Coleção Joe Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal

Colección Bergé, Madrid, Spain

Frac Ile–de–France — Le Plateau, Paris, France

Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

Kunstkredit Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland

Kunststiftung Heute, Bern, Switzerland

Musée National d’art Moderne Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo (MUAC), Mexico City, Mexico

Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Spain

Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Coleção Pedro Barbosa, São Paulo, Brazil

Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Coleção Gilberto Chateaubriand, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Museu Nacional de Belas Artes do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Los Angeles, CA, USA

National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, UK

Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Brazil

Videothek, Basel, Switzerland

Dias & Riedweg have also been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including Project Video, Sicardi Gallery (2013); Ordem e Progresso, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (2011); 4th Liverpool International Biennial, Tate Liverpool (2003); 5th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum (2003); 8th Havana Biennial (2003); 4th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre (2002); 25th São Paulo Biennial (2002); InSite 2000, San Diego / Tijuana (2000); 49th Venice International Biennial (1999).

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