Dias & Riedweg
19 January – 30 March 2008
Curator: Roland Groenenboom
De Vleeshal provides a likely home to show 'FUNK STADEN' – which was shown last year as a video triptych at documenta XII in Kassel – for the first time ever as a captivating octagonal installation that challenges the viewers to rethink their convictions of and their distance to the other.
For 'FUNK STADEN', Dias & Riedweg collaborated with Funk dancers from favelas in Rio de Janeiro to establish through this work a connection between the scene of Funk Carioca (Portuguese for “Funk from Rio de Janeiro”) and the book True Story and Description of a Country of Wild, Naked, Grim, Man-eating People in the New World, America (1557) by Hans Staden (1527-1578).