press release

Americas Society is proud to announce Dias & Riedweg…and it becomes something else, the first solo U.S. exhibition by Mauricio Dias and Walter Riedweg, a duo of Brazilian/Swiss internationally recognized artists based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Curated by Gabriela Rangel, the exhibition features five video and installation projects that examine the dichotomy between the private and the public spheres in different contexts. Dias & Riedweg’s practice tackles social and political issues through a poetic fusion of video, ethnography, and performance art, opening up new lines of thought about human interaction and identity across borders.

For over fifteen years Dias & Riedweg have collaborated on multidisciplinary projects in Brazil, Europe, the United States, and the Middle East in which they have tested the critical potential of the moving image, using video to delve into the relationships between ethics and aesthetics and between art and politics. Directly involving both the subject and the viewer in their work, they sidestep traditional documentation to examine spaces of subjectivity in a technologically mediated world. Dias & Riedweg have garnered international recognition for their projects at prestigious venues including the Kunsthalle Oslo (2008), Documenta 12 (Kassel, Germany, 2007), the Venice Biennale (2007), Kiasma (Helsinski, 2004), InSITE (San Diego–Tijuana, 2000), and the São Paulo Biennale (1998).

Dias & Riedweg…and it becomes something else
Kurator: Gabriela Rangel