Opening in Chelsea October 1st: LUGAR COMÚN / COMMON GROUND by Ruby Rumié & Justine Graham

  • NEW YORK, New York
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  • September 16, 2019

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Ruby Rumie and Justine Graham: Lugar Común, 2008-2010, 100 photographs on premium glossy photo paper, matte laminated and UV protected, 23.62 x 37.4 in. 60 x 95 cm. (each photo)

Lugar Común (Common Ground) at Nohra Haime Gallery 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.

Lugar Común (Common Ground) 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.

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.

Concurrent with this exhibition is Ruby Rumié 's Divine Breath NYC at La Mama Galleria, New York, from October 4 - 29 at 47 Great Jones Street, New York. Visit for more info.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 1st from 6-8 p.m.

Dates: October 2 - November 2, 2019

For more information: Leslie Garrett at 212-888-3550 or

Nohra Haime Gallery
500 West 21st Street
New York, New York
About Nohra Haime Gallery

Nohra Haime Gallery opened its doors in New York in 1981. Since its inception, the principal focus has been to represent an internationally diverse group of contemporary artists with varying expertise in painting, sculpture, photography, conceptual art and multimedia installation. For over thirty years, the Gallery has showcased new voices and innovative art, and organized major solo exhibitions within the United States and abroad. It has collaborated with museums and institutions, and advised private collections worldwide. The Gallery actively participates in art fairs, and publishes numerous exhibition catalogues and art books. In 2011, Nohra Haime opened the NH Galería in Cartagena, Colombia. Nohra Haime Gallery is a member of the Art Dealers Association of America.

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