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Mauricio Dias & Walter Riedweg * 1964 in Brézil, lives in Rio de Janeiro

Since 1993 Dias and Riedweg have been creating public art projects, making sure they reach out to the “other”. They address questions dealing with migration, gender, madness, social exclusion, neo-colonialism, etc. Their work has been shown at MAMCO (Geneva), MAM (Rio de Janeiro), MACBA (Barcelona), the Tate Modern (London), ZKM (Karlsruhe), MACRO (Rome), and Kiasma (Helsinki), as well as at Documenta12 (2007). Romance Archive, a video piece featured in OSMOSCOSMOS, revisits the [...]

Since 1993 Dias and Riedweg have been creating public art projects, making sure they reach out to the “other”. They address questions dealing with migration, gender, madness, social exclusion, neo-colonialism, etc. Their work has been shown at MAMCO (Geneva), MAM (Rio de Janeiro), MACBA (Barcelona), the Tate Modern (London), ZKM (Karlsruhe), MACRO (Rome), and Kiasma (Helsinki), as well as at Documenta12 (2007). Romance Archive, a video piece featured in OSMOSCOSMOS, revisits the work of the photographer and activist Charles Hovland (*1954). For 20 years in the New York weekly The Village Voice, he offered his services as a photographer of people’s sexual fantasies (approx. 1,500 models for magazines specialised in male nudes). His archive holds over a half million black and white photos or slides. Dias and Riedweg's use of a kaleidoscope in front of the lens prevents real-time video monitoring, much like Hovland's analogue cameras, while the resulting fragmentation, like that on the greatest hits soundtrack, opens the work up to a new range of readings.

 

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