Dutch artist Su Tomesen is currently working on a series of four films about micro economy and resourcefulness in urban public space: Street vendors: Medellín, Tirana, Johannesburg, Yogyakarta (2018). The installation is having its world premiere at the 38th edition of the Netherlands Film Festival 2018 in Utrecht. The work is exhibited at the venue JK24 at Janskerkhof 24, Friday September 28 until Thursday October 4, from 12 PM until 10 PM. After its premiere in Utrecht Street vendors: Medellín, Tirana, Johannesburg, Yogyakarta is part of BIG ART, October 11 till 14, Bijlmerbajes in Amsterdam. After this the installation is going to travel abroad.
Street vendors: Medellín, Tirana, Johannesburg, Yogyakarta is a video installation with four films set in four cities on four different continents focusing on the same topic: the wondrous world of the urban micro economy and resourcefulness in the public domain. Each film, which can also be screened separately, lasts 31 minutes. The films from Medellín (the episode Calle), Tirana (Rruga), Johannesburg (Street) and Yogyakarta (Jalan) are presented next to each other as a four-channel video installation with one soundtrack. We will keep you posted where the installation will be exhibited from September 2018 on.
A synopsis of Street vendors: Medellín, Tirana, Johannesburg, Yogyakarta:
Street vendors improvise and claim sidewalks to generate an income. The rhythm of the films follows the rhythm of a day, without explanation, voice over or dialogue. Unintentional compositions, colors, forms and repetition 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.
The project has been made possible by generous support of Mondriaan Fonds, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Tijl Fonds / Cultuurfonds, Nederlands Filmfonds en Stichting Stokroos.
Su Tomesen, August 2018