Dutch artist Su Tomesen is currently working on a series of four films about micro economy and resourcefulness in urban public space.
It all started with ‘Jalan’ in Jogjakarta, Indonesia. In the years 2012-2015 Su worked on this first film of the series: researching the theme, writing, trying to get funding, and finally filming and editing. ‘Jalan’ was realised in 2015. In 2016 ‘Rruga’ followed, the film about the same topic in Tirana, Albania.
In the near future Su would like to realise two more episodes on two different continents: Medellín, Colombia and Johannesburg, South Africa; two cities where she has lived and worked before as artist-in-residence.
A synopsis of the series:
Street vendors improvise, claim sidewalks and recycle materials to generate an income. Low-fi stalls are presented in remarkable ways. The rhythm of ‘Jalan’ follows the rhythm of a fictional day, without explanation nor dialogue. Unintentional compositions, colours, forms and repetitive qualities remind of installations or performance art. The repetition found in situations and activities that occur every single day, regardless of the weather are like a scripted reality; as if time stands still and repeats itself endlessly in different variations.
Su Tomesen, October 2016