Artist and filmmaker Su Tomesen presents shops, stalls and merchandise from around the world in Bureau Europa’s window displays. Resourceful people inventively take public space into their own hands. This makes the world organic. In sharp contrast to the over-regulated West, the life of public space in many parts of the world develops freely.
Tomesen’s gaze purposely focuses on the have-nots: those who, out of economic necessity, fall back on self-reliance, resourcefulness, and the mentality of refurbishing and reusing things instead of discarding them. You seek a universal force by drawing parallels between all parts of the world. Although this creates optimism about human adaptability in an ever-changing world, it also contains a call to ensure preserving this organic relationship with public space.