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Su Tomesen (1970) is a Dutch visual artist based in Amsterdam and Jogjakarta. Since 2017 her work is structurally supported for four years by Mondriaan Fund, thanks to their Stipend for Established Artists. In 2007 she obtained her MA in Fine Art at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam.

Her work consists of videos, photographs and installations and Tomesen travels a lot. Working abroad is a means of putting her (European) position, ideas and being into discussion. She has been artist-in-residence in Amman, Belgrade, Johannesburg, Medellín and Tirana. She also worked for an international video project in Port-au-Prince, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. After meeting fellow artist, now husband, Teguh Hartanto in 2011 she’s partly based in Jogjakarta.

Su Tomesen brings works and experiences from abroad to the Netherlands, to Indonesia and elsewhere: “Sometimes I feel like an ambassador, I show works from Johannesburg in Yerevan or I present a video I produced in Cuba in Jogjakarta”. Her art works evolves from researching local circumstances and observing situations. Her background – educated as a historian and working as a director for television – is integrated in her work. By researching she informs herself about urgent topics: “I love exploring places, immersing myself, developing new work and contributing to local art communities.” The outcome of the research leads to site-specific works. 

In the past years she had solo exhibitions in Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam, Erasmus Huis in Jakarta, Casa Tres Patios in Medellín and the House of Province in Maastricht. She also participated in various group exhibitions such as ‘Works of Mercy’ in CBK Zuidoost in Amsterdam, ‘Into the Great Wide Open’ at Vlieland, ‘Oét d’r Sjtub’ in Schunck* in Heerlen and ‘Female Power’ Museum voor Moderne Kunst in Arnhem. Tomesen collaborates with collector Frans Oomen from mo-artgallery on the project ‘Plastic Indonesia’.

Tomesen is currently working on a video installation about micro economy and resourcefulness in urban public space: Street vendors: Medellín, Tirana, Johannesburg, Yogyakarta (2018). The installation has its world premiere at the Netherlands Film Festival 2018 in Utrecht. After that the work is part of BIG ART in Amsterdam and will start traveling abroad.



Amsterdam, August 2018


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