Rruga (2016) is the second episode of the series of four films about micro economy and resourcefulness in urban public space, and is set in the streets of the Albanian capital Tirana. Like the other films, the Tirana episode describes 24 hours in thirty minutes. Micro economic practices determine the city’s street life but also spontaneous architecture is present: balconies have transformed into an extra room, air conditioning drainage winds down the walls. Street stalls are being rebuilt and taken down on a daily basis, Eastern bloc-style kiosks are opened and closed, scales are offered as a service, and some vendors stroll the streets finding clients. Tirana is a city full of contrasts: architecture in a world without architects or building regulations and informal trade are confronted with expensive limousines and sports cars cruising the streets.
Filming, editing: SU TOMESEN
Editing supervisor: VAVA STOJADINOVIC
Color correction: FYNN ROOVERS
Producer on location: STEFANO ROMANO
Sound mix: ERIK SPANJERS
The artist-in-residence at TICA has been initiated and supported by Mondriaan Fonds.
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.