In her work she focuses on diffuse boundaries between waste and usable materials, the private and public domain and between poverty and wealth. Her work connects with this diffuseness: it approaches the resourcefulness of street traders – often born out of survival – not as a problematic injustice, but looks at the phenomenon with open-mindedness and has an eye for talent, poetry and beauty. Unintentional compositions, colours, forms and repetitive qualities remind of installations or performance art. The ingenuity, generally unseen in over-regulated western Europe, is the setting for all Tomesen’s films, photographs and installations.
Su Tomesen (1970, the Netherlands) is based in Amsterdam and Jogjakarta. More information: www.sutomesen.nl