Mauricio Dias & Walter Riedweg
Brazilian artist Mauricio Dias and Swiss artist Walter Riedweg have been working together since 1993, developing collaborative visual arts and performance projects with the public.
Their work includes documentary material as well as created scenarios, which are presented formally as video installations. Dias & Riedweg embark on conversations with people, as individuals and as members of social groups. They are interested in dialogue and strike up conversations in different parts of the world, capturing experiences, ‘states of spirit’ and personal thoughts. Using a video camera they work together to explore humanity in its many different forms, both geographically and socially. They have made work with street children of Rio de Janeiro, older foreign migrants in Paris, janitors of São Paulo apartment buildings and dog-handlers patrolling the Mexico / USA border. In each, their subjects are active collaborators who document, confess, enquire and answer. Dias & Riedweg select their conversationalists as a response to the place or environment in which they find themselves.
Mauricio Dias was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1964 and Walter Riedweg in Lucerne, Switzerland in 1955.