“Karine Laval: The Other Perception” by Milena Kodratoff


Untitled #99 from the series “The Pool”


Milena Kodratoff on “The Pool”, “Poolscapes” and “Heterotopia” in “Karine Laval: The Other Perception” (English translation):

I recently discovered a photograph, untitled # 99 in a series by Karine Laval called “Pool”. The light that emanated from it, the lines, and movements, gave me the impression of a dynamic slow motion, of an in-between, a dream reality, and a burst of sweetness. So I went searching for the other pools numbers, scattered between Cascais, Barcelona, Paris, Oslo, Annecy, Capri, each unique and yet composed of the same blue and white colors, considered to be cold yet exhaling a breath of solar heat.

Still in the water, her “Poolscapes” series blurs the eyes, which no longer know if they are drowned or simply lost in a reflection; if the over-exposed bodies float or sink… Decidedly, this artist has made an art of mixing realities and dreams; unless she simply shows us the many facets of the same reality that reinvents itself through the confrontation of singular visions? Indeed, whether through her still or moving images, she invites us to turn away from a perception that would be limited to a single field of vision.

Similarly, in her latest series “Heterotopia”, whose title is borrowed from the essay “Of Other Spaces” by the philosopher Michel Foucault, she paints a representation of a nature that we recognize but don’t know at the same time, leaving the viewer in balance on the wire between the imaginary and the real. The images in this series, which were taken in gardens whose colors have not been digitally altered, were created in-camera with reflective surfaces and reveal a schizophrenic nature veering to the artificial.

I invite you to also wander, dream and get lost in the many facets of Karine Laval: www.karinelavalstudio.com, www.karinelaval.com

About karinelaval

Karine Laval has been is a French artist living and working in New York. She works primarily with photography and video and shares her time between New York and Europe, alternating magazine and client assignments with an artistic practice, wherein she combines portraiture with images of geographical locations and visual narratives. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York, The New Yorker, Elle, Eyemazing, among others. Her work is exhibited worldwide in galleries and festivals. Laval was selected by Photo District News’ (PDN) 30 Emerging Photographers in 2005. Bonni Benrubi gallery in New York City currently represents her.
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