Roland Dahwen is a filmmaker, writer, performer, and visual artist. He studied literature and translation before starting to work in documentary and narrative film.
Dahwen has exhibited film and video work in Cuba, the Netherlands, Brazil, Italy, India, Germany, Canada, Turkey, and the US. His work has been supported by Oregon Arts Commission, Portland Art Museum Center for an Untold Tomorrow, Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Cooley Gallery, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and Seattle Art Museum. In 2018, he was awarded the Oregon Media Arts Fellowship.
As a performer, he has participated in performance pieces at Portland Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery (Seattle), Lumber Room (Portland), and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. His installation Overseas was presented by Converge45 and Cooley Gallery, and an accompanying performance piece, The Overseas Banquet, was presented at PICA’s TBA Festival. His first feature film, Borrufa, premiered at the 2020 Portland International Film Festival, in competition. His primary hobby is gardening, with a particular affinity for palms and cycads.
BA, Spanish & Latin American Literature, Reed College, 2013