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Common Place
Common Place, 2008-2010. © Nohra Haime Gallery, Ruby Rumié & Justine Graham

Common Place

Justin Graham » Ruby Rumié »

Exhibition: 2 Oct – 16 Nov 2019

Tue 1 Oct 18:00

Nohra Haime Gallery

500 West 21st Street
NY 10011 New York



Tue-Sat 10-18

Common Place
Common Place participants Ana & Claudia, 2010 © Nohra Haime Gallery, Ruby Rumié & Justine Graham

Common Place is a joint project by Colombian artist Ruby Rumié and French-American photographer Justine Graham.

The topic of this project by Rumié and Graham is the relationship between Latin American housekeepers and their employers, exploring issues of gender, power, class, and race. Made up of photographs, videos, and interviews with one hundred women between the ages of nineteen and ninety-five, this multidisciplinary project combines art and sociology, seeking to dismantle the hierarchical relationship between these women.

The artists examine the inherited colonial prejudices surrounding domestic work and propose new angles for comprehension and social communication. The visual treatment of the women is the same across the board—they are even dressed in the same clothes as an exercise in equality and for the purpose of undermining bigotry. These actions transcend the artistic plane and the piece becomes a symbolic act with real life repercussions.

Common Place has been exhibited at the Museo de Artes Visuales MAVI, Santiago, Chile; The Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C.; The Cartagena Biennial, Colombia; and Fair., Miami, FL.

Common Place
Second Lunch in Public Space for Common Place, 2010 © Nohra Haime Gallery, Ruby Rumié & Justine Graham

Ruby Rumié develops projects with political content related to psychology and injustice, referencing particular collectives in questions of territorial inheritance and the role of the socially committed artist. Her works do not merely present critical arguments, but also propose solutions and pave a road of hope for issues that concern her.

Justine Graham is a French-American visual artist, photographer and editor working in Chile since 2005. Her artistic work explores photography as a tool for conceptual research through collecting, classifying, and creating community as forms of re-thinking identity.