News! // Travel the world in Plein Theater with video installation 'Street Vendors: Medellín, Tirana, Johannesburg, Yogyakarta' by Su Tomesen.

We will be showing this special video installation by artist Su Tomesen from July 13 to July 30 in Plein Theater. Street Vendors: Medellín, Tirana, Johannesburg, Yogyakarta shows the daily life of street vendors in four different continents.

Exhibition of four-channel video installation
Street Vendors: Medellín, Tirana, Johannesburg, Yogyakarta (2018) from artist Su Tomesen

Street Vendors: Medellín, Tirana, Johannesburg, Yogyakarta is a video installation with four films about street vendors in four cities on different continents. We watch the vendors as they are being observed by Su Tomesen in their daily trials and tribulations. The micro entrepreneurs prove to be resourceful in their claim of the sidewalks and, while improvising, they manage to generate their income. Tomesen portrays them while revealing the beauty of unintentional compositions, colours, forms and repetitive qualities. By this, the four films remind of installation art and performances.

The four-channel installation is a loop: the four films of 30 minutes each start and end at roughly the same hour of a day, and play simultaneously in one space. The daily, sometimes wonderful activities are displayed without any voice-over, dialogue or explanation. In this way the viewer can plunge into the four days on different continents. Watching the four films together reveals global similarities of street vendors at different continents: the apparitions and disappearances of stalls, repairs and inventive solutions to everyday problems. 


The work of visual artist Su Tomesen consists of films and short videos, photographs, installations and interventions. Her projects and series are characterized by social involvement, an anthropological character and raw energy. The topics mostly relate to the dynamics of the urban fabric and human ingenuity within the wonderful world of microeconomics in cities outside the over-regulated Western world. 


Info & Tickets

Location: Plein Theater, Sajetplein 39 Amsterdam
Data: From 13 July to 30 July
Timeslots: From 12:00 until 20:00 in timeslots per hour
Tickets: €7,50 | Citypass with a green dot: €2,50 | Available on our agenda page!

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Photo exhibition

During the same period, on the walls of the Eetlokaal of Plein Theater, a photo exhibition by Su Tomesen with the same theme as the installation can be admired.

Opening + Artist Talks

There will be in-depth Artist Talks in Plein Theater at the opening on July 13 at 8 p.m. and on July 23 at 4 p.m with Su Tomesen about the realization of her project, what she worked on for six years. Reserve here>>


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