VIOLETTE BULE – MULTIMEDIA ARTIST
Houston - New York
Mix media artist and photographer, I studied at the Escuela Activa de Fotografía in Mexico City. My work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at art galleries, museums, and art fairs. My social engagement work has been presented in several academic institutions such as Brown University, Pittsburg University, Musashino Art University, Rutgers University, among others. My work is present in private and institutional collections, including the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas, Venezuela. Among other recognitions for my work, I received SOME SUMMER grant awarded by the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. My projects have appeared in both print and online books and magazines such as Marking Time Prison (Rutgers University), Sueño de La Razón Latinamerican Photography Book, Analytic Room, Creator Projects, among others. I’m a founding member of www.dismantlingthesimulation.com, a visual arts collective formed in 2014 in response to student protests in Venezuela and engaged in critical dialogue about the country's polarized political environment.
My projects consider a wide range of subjects within the context of their daily circumstances. While anchored in photographic practices, my work often engages other media. As an artist photographer, I move beyond the documentary record by addressing the fantastical within reality and by deploying satire in order to channel my critical posture in regards to a variety of social issues. Conjuring fictional narratives staged in urban spaces, I seek to highlight the often-overlooked complexity of some of these issues. I am committed to the power of image-making to spark radical change from within. My photography practice addresses the structural violence that shapes the everyday life of vulnerable and precarious communities. Often employing documentary forms, my work renews and radicalizes the modern ideal of blurring the boundaries between art and life as it seeks to explore vulnerability and amplify it as a potential form of counter-insurgency, or perhaps, of political power.
sometimes fostering spectator interaction. As an artist photographer, I move beyond the documentary record by addressing the fantastical within reality and by deploying satire in order to channel my critical posture in regards to a variety of social issues. Conjuring fictional narratives staged in urban spaces, I seek to highlight the often-overlooked complexity of some of these issues. My work resists and challenges the commonplaces dominating mainstream discourse at either end of our polarized political landscapes. I am committed to the power of image-making to spark radical change from within.
AWARDS & RESIDENCIES
2015, 18th Edition Jóvenes Con FIA, 1st place, Caracas – Venezuela.
Soma Summer - Cisneros Foundation, Mexico, 2014. GRANT WINNER
Residency in La ONG, Caracas, 2014 – Venezuela
Tokyo Art and Space, Japan 2012 – 2013. Tokyo –Japan. GRANT WINNER
RECENT SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018, CAN - YOU - DREAM - AMERICA, multimedia solo exhibition, Rice University. Houston – United States.
2017, In someone else´s bed, multimedia solo exhibition, ArtMedia Gallery. Miami – United States.
2016, From the Lleca to the Cohue, photography in penitentiary centers, Lite-Haus Gallery. Berlin – Germany.
2015, Caracas Emmental, Rencontre Images et Ville, Biennale Image et Patrimoine, Negpos Gallery. Nimes – France.
2013, Caracas Emmental - Art curating exhibition. Brown University. New York – USA.
2012, From the Lleca to the Cohue, photography in penitentiary centers, Tokyo Wonder Site. Tokyo – Japan.
2011, Caracas Emmental, Gallery Artimaña. Madrid – Spain.
2010, Caracas Emmental, Gallery EspacioMAD. Caracas – Venezuela.
2010, Vanities - The Implicate Body, Contemporary Art Museum of Caracas. Caracas – Venezuela.
2017, Republic Collapse, multimedia collective exhibition, Baby Castles. New York – United States.
2016, Republic Collapse, multimedia collective exhibition, Lite-Haus. Berlin – Germany.
RECENT COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS
2018, PINTA, Feria de Arte Latin American. Artmedia Gallery, Miami – USA.
2018, For Freedoms, Henrique Faria Fine Arts. New York, NY, –USA
2017, An index of Resistance - Reverse Recuperations, Antenna Gallery. New Orleans – USA.
2016, Movies from Venezuela, 21 Gallery. Voewerkstift – Germany.
2016, Republic Collapse - Dismantling the Simulation, Lite-Haus Gallery. Berlin – Germany.
2015, The Wrong - New Digital Art Biennale. Online exhibition http://thewrong.org/
2015, If Twitter weren't a network, Gallerie Charlot. Paris – France.
2015, Art Motion Venezuela Contemporary Artist, Sala Mendoza. New York – USA.
2015, International biennial of performance of Caracas, Sala Mendoza. Caracas – Venezuela.
2015, Ex-Patria. Art Center Sarasota. Florida – USA.
2014, Soma summer, Soma Art Space. Mexico D.F. – Mexico.
2014, Le reve des femmes de la classe moyenne, BYOB & Tropical. Paris – France.
2014, Biennale International of Art, Mérida Universidad de Los Andes. Mérida – Venezuela.
2014, LimaPhoto Fair, Gallery D’ Museo. Lima – Peru.
2013, Context & Art Basel Fair, PSH Hardcore Gallery. Miami – USA.
2013, Feria Iberoamericana de Arte, PSH Hardcore gallery. Caracas– Venezuela.
2013, Art Fair Hong Kong, P.S.H project Gallery. Hong Kong – China.
2013, International Photography Festival (PIP). Pingyao – China.
2012, PINTA, Feria de Arte Latin American. Gallery Studio 8, New York – USA.
2012, PINTA, Feria de Arte Latin American. Gallery Studio 8, London – UK.
2012, Practices of Compromise, Contemporary Art Museum Mario Abreu. Venezuela & France.
2017, PANEL DISCUSSION ABOUT CREATIVITY UNDER DURESS at Knotel. New York – USA. https://knotel.com
2016, PRESENTATION OF PORTFOLIO. Gallery Estudio de Arte Privado. Santiago de Chile.
2015, Panorama photography and photographic context in Latin America, Efti – PhotoEspaña. Madrid –Spain.
2015, FROM THE LLECA TO THE COHUE: photography in penitentiary centers, Open Engagements, Carnegie Mellon University School of Art building. Pittsburg – USA
2014, FROM THE LLECA TO THE COHUE: photography in penitentiary centers Rutgers University. New Jersey – USA.
2012, FROM THE LLECA TO THE COHUE: PHOTOGRAPHY IN PENITENTIARY CENTERS. Mushashino Art University. Tokyo – Japan.
TEACHING AND SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT
2017, The Uncomfortable staging, Women's Herstory Month, Borough of Manhattan Community College, NY - USA.
2016, The Uncomfortable staging, Cultural Centre La Tabacalera, Madrid - Spain.
2015, The Uncomfortable staging, Reverse Gallery, Brooklyn - USA.
2013, Prácticas vs Teoréticas, National Museum Foundation. Venezuela.
2013, The Uncomfortable Staging, Organization Nelson Garrido, Caracas - Venezuela.
2012, Let’s talk about photography, analysis of Susan Sontag’s book “On photography”, Organization Nelson Garrido, Caracas - Venezuela.
2012, Photography Workshop for children in the community of San Lázaro. Community Art Workshop Salsita Lazarus. Havana - Cuba.
2010 - 2012, From Lleca to Cohue, Photography in Penitentiary Centers. Venezuela.