Biography

Bule studied at the Active School of Photography in Mexico and holds a Diploma in General Studies of Photography from the National Center of Photography of Venezuela. Her work has been exhibited internationally at art centers and museums, including the Centre of Contemporary Art Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan; Museum of Contemporary Art, Caracas, Venezuela; NEGPOS Gallery and University Paris VII France; and Gallery EspacioMAD in Venezuela. Bule has participated in several art fairs including the Iberoamerican Art Fair, Venezuela; PINTA Latin American Art Fair; Gallery Studio 8 in the UK; Art fair Hong Kong PSH Project; October Salon Art Young, Venezuela; Life in Photography PIP, China; and Context International Contemporary – Modern Art Fair Miami – Art Basel, 2013. In 2013 Bule’s “Odalisque in Red Trousers” became part of the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, in Caracas, Venezuela, and in 2014 she was awarded the Cisneros Foundation grant. Violette Bule is also a founding member of the visual activism movement Dismantling the Simulation, a Venezuelan initiative of participatory visual activism and collaborator of Producción Aleatoria which is a space for investigating and promoting digital culture and contemporary photography projects. In 2015 Bule won first place in the 18th edition of Jóvenes Con Fia 2015, Caracas, Venezuela.

Statement

Violette Bule’s photographic and mix-media projects consider her subjects within the context of their social character, highlighting complex social problems and their immediate context throughout fiction. Using photographic education as a means for social change, Bule has also introduced pedagogical projects within some of Venezuela’s most notorious prisons. For Bule, urban space is the main stage to generate actions while highlighting social problems throughout photographic practice and visual literacy. Her work moves beyond the documentary record, using theatre and humor as primary means to channel scathing criticisms and reflections about sociopolitical situations.

2015
Caracas Emmental, Rencontre Images et Ville, Biennale Image et Patrimoine, Negpos Gallery – France.

2013
Caracas Emmental – Art curating exhibition. Brown University, New York. USA.
Politsaturacion installation, Organización Nelson Garrido, Caracas – Venezuela.

2012
De la Lleca al Cohue, Fotografía en Centros Penitenciarios, Tokyo Wonder Site. Tokyo – Japan.

2011
Caracas Emmental, Gallery Artimaña. Madrid – Spain.
Caracas Emmental, Gallery EspacioMAD. Caracas – Venezuela.

2010
Vanidades, El Cuerpo Implicado. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas. Caracas – Venezuela.

2009
Hallazgos. Center Latinoamericano Studies Rómulo Gallegos. Caracas – Venezuela.
Moliendo Café, Orquesta Sinfónica Penitenciaria. Sala CANTV. Caracas – Venezuela.
Hallazgos. Centro Nacional de Fotografía. Caracas – Venezuela.

2015
Bring Your Own Beamer Holiday Exhibition, Reverse gallery and Baby Castle, New York. USA.
The Wrong – New Digital Art Biennale. Online exhibition http://thewrong.org/
If Twitter weren’t a network, Gallerie Charlot. Paris – France
Caracas desperately seeking the modern capital of the twentieth century, Mobel Gallery, Venezuela.
Art Motion Venezuela Contemporary Artist, Sala Mendoza, New York – USA.
International biennial of performance of Caracas, Sala Mendoza, Caracas – Venezuela.
Fotos Femeninas, Museum of contemporary art MACZUL – Maracaibo – Venezuela.
Ex-Patria. Art Center Sarasota, Florida – USA.
Dismantling the simulation exhibition, Wendy’s Subway Library, New York – USA.

2014
Spammwebtics, Producción Aleatoria & Wendy’s Subway Library, New York – USA.
Soma summer, Soma Art Space, Mexico D.F. – Mexico.
Venezuelan duhkha levitation, Hardcore Gallery & The Chill Concept, Miami – USA.
Mérida Foto Biennal, The other band gallery Mérida – Venezuela.
Venezuelan Duhkha Levitation, BYOB organics by Produccion Aleatoria, Caracas – Venezuela.
Le reve des femmes de la classe moyenne, BYOB & Tropical. Paris – France.
Bienal Internacional de Arte, Mérida Universidad de Los Andes, Mérida – Venezuela.
Caracas 2014, Galeria D’ Museo, Caracas – Venezuela.
LimaPhoto Fair, Galeria D’ Museo, Lima – Perú.
Fotos Femeninas, Art Museum of Acarigua, Araure – Venezuela.

2013
Context & Art Basel Fair, PSH Hardcore Gallery, Miami – USA.
Feria Iberoamericana de Arte, PSH HardCore gallery, Caracas. Venezuela
Art Fair Hong Kong, P.S.H project gallery, Hong Kong – China.
Salón Jóvenes con Fia Fair, Caracas – Venezuela.
Salón de Arte Octubre Joven, Museum of the culture, Valencia – Venezuela.
International Photography Festival (PIP), Pingyao – China.
Moonaddigital, 5ft WebExpo: “Hacktist”
organize with SPAMM, China.
DASHBOARD the wrong curators art show, Milan – Italy.

2012
Línea Crítica, Desplazamiento Cromático, Galería Arte Puy, Caraca – Venezuela.
El Color del Caribe, National museum of photography, Caracas – Venezuela.

2011
MAG´BIP #1 L’Espace Public, Galería NEGPOS y L’association Passages de l’image, Nimes – France.
FIA (International Faire of Art), Gallery Studio 8, Caracas – Venezuela.
Ópticas Urbanas, Studio 8 Gallery, Caracas – Venezuela.
PINTA, Feria de Arte Latinoamericano, Gallery Studio 8, New York – USA.
PINTA, Feria de Arte Latinoamericano, Gallery Studio 8, London – UK.
Prácticas de Compromiso, Contemporary art museum Mario Abreu. Venezuela & France.
65 Edición Salón de Arte Arturo Michelena, Museum Arturo Michelena, Valencia – Venezuela.

2010
Miradas a Europa, Cultural Center Chacao and Spain embassy, Caracas – Venezuela.
Territoires Partagés. Artycult, Universidad Paris 7, Galerie des Grands Moulins, Paris – France.
Óptica Femenina, Organization Nelson Garrido, Caracas – Venezuela.

2009
El Arte de Expresar el Pensamiento, Postdoctoral Research Center, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas – Venezuela.
Association for documentaries, Cinema and Photography, Madrid – Spain.
Diversity theme nights. Cultural Center Chacao, Caracas – Venezuela.
Hallazgos. Centro Nacional de Fotografía. Caracas – Venezuela.

2015
Action to camera club of New York’s, New York – USA.
Watt event, Reverse Gallery, New York – USA.

2014
Action to camera club of New York’s, New York – USA.
How can I help? Project PHOTOVILLE, New York – USA.

2013 – 2012
Production BYOB Caracas. Rómulo Gallegos Center for Latin American Studies, and Contrain Documentary and film institution, Caracas. Venezuela.

2012
Collaboration with the artist Natalya Critchley on animation workshop for children at the Biennale of Contemporary Art in Havana 11 The Art, La Havana. Cuba

2010
Intervention at the Central University of Venezuela (UNESCO) by the Mexican artist and architect Luciano Matus, Caracas. Venezuela

2015
Learning in Reverse Gallery photography workshop: The Uncomfortable Staging, New York. USA.
The Uncomfortable Staging, La Tabacalera Art Center. Madrid – Spain.

2014 – 2010
Photography in Penitentiary Centers. Venezuela.

2013
Prácticas vs Teoréticas, Museums Nationals Foundation. Venezuela.
The Uncomfortable Staging, organization Nelson Garrido, Caracas – Venezuela.

2012
Let’s talk about photography, analysis on the book by Susan Sontag. Caracas – Venezuela.
Professional theoretical photography, Documentary and films institute Contrain, Caracas –Venezuela.
Photography Workshop for children in the community of San Lázaro. Community Art Workshop Salsita Lazarus, Havana – Cuba.

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

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.

FROM THE LLECA TO THE COHUE:
photography in penitentiary centers. Petare Museum,
Caracas, Venezuela.

FROM THE LLECA TO THE COHUE:
photography in penitentiary centers. Cultural Center The Organization Nelson Garrido.
Caracas, Venezuela.

FROM THE LLECA TO THE COHUE:
photography in penitentiary centers. Photographic Institute Enfocarte.
Valencia, Venezuela.

2012
CARACAS EMMENTAL and FROM THE LLECA TO THE COHUE PHOTOGRAPHY IN PENITENTIARY CENTERS,
was presented and discussed at the conference “Aesthetics Photography and Political Bodies” by the researcher at the University of Paris 8 François Soulages, guest National Center of Photography,
Caracas. Venezuela.

FROM THE LLECA TO THE COHUE: PHOTOGRAPHY IN PENITENTIARY CENTERS.
Mushashino Art University.
Tokyo, Japan.

FROM THE LLECA TO THE COHUE: PHOTOGRAPHY IN PENITENTIARY CENTERS.
Cervantes Institute.
Tokyo, Japan.

FROM THE LLECA TO THE COHUE: PHOTOGRAPHY IN PENITENTIARY CENTERS.
International Book Fair,
Caracas, Venezuela.

2011
PRESENTATION OF PORTFOLIO.
Photography school FotoArte,
Caracas, Venezuela.

Gallery

ArtRepresent
http://www.artrepresent.com/
London, UK.

Producción Aleatoria
http://produccionaleatoria.com/

Frida Cano
http://arttextum.net

NegPos Gallery FR.
http://negpos.fr/negposphoto/

Awards

2015
18th Edition Jovenes Con Fia, 1st place,
Caracas – Venezuela

RESIDENCY
Soma Summer,
Mexico 2014

GRANT WINNER
Residency in La ONG, 2014.
Caracas – Venezuela

The Chillconcept, USA 2013 – 2014.
Miami – Florida

Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan 2012 – 2013.
Tokyo – Japan