Tirana: ‘Rruga’

‘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 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 nor dialogue. The rhythm of the film follows the rhythm of the day.

The artist-in-residence at TICA has been supported by Mondriaan Fonds.
The film was edited by Su Tomesen, supervised by Vava Stojadinovic, and the soundtrack has been composed by Erik Spanjers.

More information: http://sutomesen-tirana.tumblr.com/
Watch the movie: https://vimeo.com/180178109

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
Upcoming: Department of Architecture at Polytechnic University of Tirana – screening

Su Tomesen collaborated with one of the street sellers to realise an installation about the theme 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