Medellín: Calle

Since Su Tomesen has been artist-in-residence at El Puente_lab in Medellín for four months in 2012-2013, she got to know the city quite well. This residency was supported by Mondriaan Fonds. 
In March 2018, Tomesen filmed the episode Calle in Medellín, Colombia. Although Medellín has a busy centre, she also focuses on the residencial area Laureles and on the illegally built outskirts, such as the neighbourhood Santo Domingo. Houses are built up against the mountain, between existing buildings, upwards and sideways, often defying gravity. So-called minutos vendors are seen everywhere. For many inhabitants, it is cheaper and faster to call with one of the mobile phones attached with a chain to the vest of the vendor than to buy new credit. The principle behind the minutos business is similar to the popular lave fácil service. Due to their low income, buying a washing machine is not an option for many people – they rent one for a couple of hours instead. To get the machines to their destinations, young men navigate them through the steep and narrow streets, tying them to a motorbike.
Filming: SU TOMESEN
Editing, color correction: FYNN ROOVERS
Editing supervisor: VAVA STOJADINOVIC
Producers on location: PAULA A. RENGIFO, LUIS PALACIOS GIRALDO, VICTOR MUNOZ
Sound mix: BOBAN BAJIC

Mondriaan Fonds and Tijl Fonds generously supported the realisation of the film Calle and the video installation Street vendors. Check the film plan (in Dutch) 

COMING UP: Calle is part of the four channel video installation 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.