Rruga (2016) is the second episode of the series of four films about micro economy and resourcefulness in urban public space, and plays in the streets of the Albanian capital Tirana in Southeastern Europe. During her artist-in-residency at the Tirana Institute of Contemporary Art (TICA) in May-June 2016, Su Tomesen worked on the film Rruga. The residency was curated by Stefano Romano.
Like the first film ‘Jalan’ the Tirana episode Rruga describes a fictional day in 30 minutes. Street stalls are being rebuilt and taken down on a daily basis, kiosks are opened and closed, vendors stroll the streets finding clients. The audience gets to know the daily routine in Tirana through repetitive activities without explanation, voice over or dialogue.
The artist-in-residence at TICA has been initiated and supported by Mondriaan Fonds.
The film has been edited by Su Tomesen, supervised by Vava Stojadinovic, and the soundtrack has been composed by Erik Spanjers.
The film has been screened and exhibited at:
European Mobility Week, Shkoder – screening
Reja, Tirana, – screening
Polis University, Tirana – screening
Albanian Embassy Art Gallery, Den Haag – solo exhibition
Miza Gallery, Tirana – group exhibition ‘AIRLAB’
Urban Cinematics, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Rotterdam – screening
Sesama Art Space, Jogjakarta – screening
Plateaukunst, Margraten – group exhibition
Embassy of the Netherlands in Albania, Tirana – screening during the fair ‘Women in business’ organised by Together For Life
COMING UP: Rruga being part of the video installation Calle-Rruga-Street-Jalan! MORE NEWS SOON
In Tirana Su Tomesen collaborated with one of the street sellers to realise an installation as well: ‘At the corner’ which was presented i.c.w. Valbona Boddli in ZETA Gallery in Tirana in June 2016.
Watch the video documentation: https://vimeo.com/187237325
COMING UP: Rruga 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.