VIOLETTE BULE – MULTIMEDIA ARTIST
Houston - New York
El Rodeo, penitentiary center - Venezuela
Violette Bule studied at the Escuela Activa de Fotografía in Mexico City and holds a Diploma in General Studies from the Centro Nacional de la Fotografía in Caracas. Her work has been exhibited internationally at venues such as Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan; the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas, Venezuela; Paris Diderot University, France; NegPos Galerie, France; Galería EspacioMAD, Venezuela; ArtMedia Gallery, Miami, and Henrique Faria Fine Art, New York. Bule has also participated in several contemporary art fairs including PINTA London and New York; Link Art Fair Hong Kong; Feria Iberoamericana de Arte in Caracas; the International Photography Festival in Pingyao, China; and CONTEXT Art Miami. Her work is present in several private and institutional collections, including the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas. Among other recognitions for her work, she received the 2014 SOMA Summer grant awarded by the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, and the first price in the 18th edition of the Jóvenes con FIA salon in Caracas in 2015. Bule is a founding member of Dismantling The Simulation, 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. http://www.dismantlingthesimulation.com/
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, 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.
2015, 18th Edition Jóvenes Con FIA, 1st place, Caracas – Venezuela.
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.
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, 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, Community College Manhattan, NY - USA.
2016, The Uncomfortable staging, Cultural Centre La Tabacalera, Madrid - Spain.
2015, The Uncomfortable staging, Reverse Gallery, Brooklyn - USA.
2010 - 2012, From Lleca to Cohue, Photography in Penitentiary Centers. Venezuela.
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.