In someone else’s bed is a multimedia exhibition presented at artMedia Gallery by Violette Bule, a Venezuelan artist based in New York. She has displayed photographs, texts, a video, a map and other resources inside the exhibition space.
The beginnings of this project went back to when Bule registered her Brooklyn apartment in an online marketplace that allows people to offer home hospitality service by leasing a short-term room. For more than one year she made consensual photographic portraits of her guests, at the end of their stay, complementing them with short recorded or written interviews conducted by Raquel Abend, a Venezuelan writer. Bule also collected all the communications exchanged between her and each roommate, including messages and receipts. Finally, the collaborative duo traveled to Boston and documented the experience lived there using the same room for rent service.
The resultant body of work —fed with a variety of documents: some precise and accurate, others sensitive and touching— confers a central role to word and photography, the second one mainly through understanding and empathetic portraits. With these elements, Bule has created an artistic situation that operates simultaneously as a narrative and a discourse on new economic and interpersonal relation styles that have appeared in late capitalism. The exhibition, conceived as a wall installation composed of several segments, has its starting point on the advantages of a sharing economy platform. It has been generated in the borders of the current capitalist system thanks to the confluence of technology, new organizational structures of big companies based on online network, and individual initiatives. Rising from this circumstance, however, the art proposal emphasizes its character as a metaphorical approach to the construction of new human ways of connection and cooperation emerging in today’s global world.
José Antonio Navarrete
My bed, 2016
Oviedo and Tommy, from Philadelphia, 2017
Marion and Isabel, from France, 2016
Fernanda and Ryan, from São Paulo and Brooklyn, 2016
"I miss my own bed, my home, small things like having your mom knocking on your door. But when you stay with someone local, you feel part of the city", Fernanda.
"I wonder if this was Violette’s room. I wonder about the mats...", Ryan.
Michel and Husband, from Alabama, 2017
Jihyem and Jae, from Korea, 2016
Stacy, from Seatle, 2016
Christine and Carl, from Maryland, 2016
Sally and Emily, from England, 2016
Hisataka and woman, from Japan, 2017
Anna and Gary, from Nelson - Canada, 2016
"One has to be aware of the other person when sharing the bathroom or making noise or intruding in their social life. I feel more alert and sensitive", Gary.
Oliver and Sarah, from Korea, 2017
Lauren and Will, from Texas, 2016
"We came after Día de los Muertos and it was very interesting to see the gorgeous altar she had made in remembrance and celebration of a loved one", Lauren.
Miklos and his mother, from Hungary, 2016
David, from Canada, 2016
1989 Bedford Ave.
Cape cod, 2017
4th floor, 2017