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Tentoonstelling: Street vendors

Tentoonstelling: Street vendors


13 juli 2021 - 30 juli 2021


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.


Kunst en creativiteit



Naam locatie

plein theater


Sajetplein 39, Amsterdam


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Tickets: €7,50

Meer informatie

We will show this special video installation in the Plein Theater from 13 July to 30 July! In Street vendors: Medellín, Tirana, Johannesburg, Yogyakarta you can "travel" corona proof and with nostalgia to the other parts of the world!

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.