THE AMERICAN DREAM
by Violette Bule
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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.
- Violette Bule: Currently based in Brooklyn, 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; the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas; Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7); NegPos Galerie, in Nîmes; and Galería EspacioMAD, in Caracas. 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 Desmontar la Simulación, 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. She is also a collaborator with Producción Aleatoria, a Caracas-based forum for researching and promoting digital culture and photographic practices. Website: http://www.violettebule.com
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