Su Tomesen (1970) is a visual artist based in Amsterdam and Jogjakarta. Her background – educated as a historian and working as a director for television – is integrated in her work. Working mainly with videos, photographs and installations Tomesen’s practice involves travelling, researching local circumstances and observing situations regarding urgent topics.

For COD talk Tomesen in conversation with Stefano Romano will unravel the topic of micro economy in relation to her wider artistic practice by discussing her film works Jalan (2015) and Rruga (2016).

Schedule Forum Room:

– 6:30 – 7:00pm screening of Jalan
– 7:00 – 8:00pm Tomesen will show excerpts of her film Rruga in conversation with Stefano Romano.

30’ colour/sound, 2015 

‘Jalan’ /describes a fictional day from 5 PM till 6 PM. The rhythm of the film is determined by the weather: the heat late morning, early afternoon, and the rain showers slow down the editing. Stories about certain sellers and materials intermingle. Materials like old carton, worn tires, empty plastic cups and bottles are repaired, re-used, stripped, bundled. ‘Jalan’ is about ingenuity, recycling and resourcefulness within the informal economy in the streets of Jogjakarta.


The film Rruga was produced during Tomesen residency at TICA in Tirana and explores sight specifically similar issues of micro economy already present in Jalan. Excerpts of the film will be showed and discussed with the curator of the residency Stefano Romano during the COD Talk. During the residency Tomesen engaged deeply with the road, Rr. Myslym Shyri – a place where she was also located – considered one of the most elegant streets along which you can find many shops selling expensive fabrics, clothes and wedding dresses. Yet, even here there are micro realities of subsistence that highlighted through the magnifying glass developed by Su, become much more present than you might notice when walking along the street.


In 2007 Tomesen got her MA in Fine Art at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. Among others her work was shown at ‘Selametan Digital’ in Langgeng Art Foundation in Jogjakarta, ‘Wanderlust’ in CBK Zuidoost in Amsterdam, ‘Oét d’r Sjtup’ in Schunck* in Heerlen. She had a solo with her husband, the Indonesian artist Teguh Hartanto at Erasmushuis in Jakarta, and a solo at Casa Tres Patios in Medellín. In the summer of 2014 she started the series ‘Plastic Indonesia’ with the works ’Toko’ and ‘Rumah’ in Amsterdam. She has been artist-in-residence in Belgrade, Amman, Johannesburg and Medellín and at TICA, Tirana in 2016.

As an artist, as well as curator, he realizes ephemeral, diasporic actions and events questioning conflicts, new antagonisms, and the urgency of social reality. He works from more than a decade in Albania where he conceived several projects as artist as well as curator. He took part in Tirana Biennale 3 he conceived the project 1.60insurgent space focused on public spaces, he was also co-founder of T.I.C.A. (Tirana Institute of Contemporary Art). In 2012 he co-founded DyZeroTre (DZT) and MAPS – Museum of Art in Public Space. His works have been shown at national and international museums and exhibitions, such as: Tulla Culture Center (Tirana, Albania); Palazzo della Misericordia in the frame of ArtDate -Dialogo nel tempo (Bergamo, Italy); Palazzo Costanzi (Trieste, Italy); Studio Tommaseo (Trieste, Italy); BACO arte contemporanea (Bergamo, Italy);

The film Rruga is funded by the Mondrian Found and supported by TICA