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.