In her work, visual artist Su Tomesen concentrates on the informal economy in cities and the traces of ingenuity in public space. Her eye falls on original ways of presenting merchandise, the wooden rope improvised way of building stalls, the use of cheap or recycled materials (so-called poor man's materials such as plastic bags, raffia and cardboard), because of lack of appropriate regulations for pavements and streets. In her series 'Fabrications', she illustrates how people from big cities like Medellín, Johannesburg, Beiroet and Jogjakarta, find creative solutions to improve their daily lives and create small businesses.
The work of Dutch visual artist Su Tomesen consists of videos, photographs, installations and interventions, and concentrates on informal economies, ingenuity in public space and the small entrepreneur. Her background – educated as a historian and working as a director – is integrated into her work. After getting a master in Fine Art at the Sandberg Institute in 2007 she has been an artist-in-residence in Amman, Belgrade, Johannesburg, Naples, Medellín and Tirana. She also worked for the international video project City One Minutes in Port-au-Prince, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. Su Tomesen is based in Amsterdam and Jogjakarta.