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[Dias: 1964, Brazil / Riedweg: 1955, Switzerland]

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.

Selected Solo Exhibitions


Dias & Riedweg - Cameracontato - Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo


Von Früh Bis Spät, Museum of Art Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland


Galerie Bendana-Pinel Art Contemporain, September- October, Paris, France


Museo Di Arte Contemporaneo De Roma (MACRO), November- December, Rome, Italy


Dias & Riedweg: Weg Zurück Da, Kuntsraum Artyourself, Sursee Switzerland 


Dias & Riedweg: Peñas de Pena, Auditorium Roma, Italy


Dias & Riedweg – Nada Absolutamente Nada, Casa Daros, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Histórias Mestiças, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil


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


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


Amparo y Desamparo, Fotograma 13, Montevideo, Uruguay


Possible Archives, Kunsthal Nikolaj, Copenhagen, Denmark


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 


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


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


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


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


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


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


Juksa, Lofoten International Art Festival, Fugløya, Norwegen


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


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


Possibly speaking about the same, Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona (MACBA), Spain


The Other begins where our senses meet the world, Centro Cultural Banco Do Brasil, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil


Dias & Riedweg, Kunsthalle Palazzo, Liestal, Switzerland


Devotionalia, Stroom, The Hague


Devotionalia, Musée d’art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland


Devotionalia, Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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 

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland

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

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

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 (MAM), Coleção Pedro Barbosa, São Paulo, Brazil

Museu de Arte Moderna de Rio de Janeiro (MAM), Coleção Gilberto Chateaubriand, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), TX, USA

National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, UK

Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Brazil

Videothek, Basel, Switzerland