Karine Laval was born in Paris (France) and has been living in New York since 1997. She graduated from the University of La Sorbonne in Paris, where she majored in communications and journalism. She completed her photography and design education at the Cooper Union School, SVA and the New School in New York. Her artistic practice encompasses photography and video. Her still and moving images often challenge the familiar perception we have of the world, and can be seen as a bridge between the world we live in and a more surreal and dreamlike dimension. They are like metaphoric voyages or reveries through time, place, memory and perception where genres such as narrative and performance are expanded through visual and temporal transformations of represented reality. More recently, her work and approach to photography has moved away from figuration and narration towards abstraction and the deconstruction of representation. She has also integrated digital technologies in her process as a way to explore the limits of the medium and to engage a dialog with other mediums such as painting, moving images and performance.
Her work has been featured in international publications such as The New York Times Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph, Dazed & Confused, Le Figaro Magazine, The New Yorker, Eyemazing, Next Level, EXIT and many others. In 2005 Laval was selected by Photography District News (PDN) as one of 30 Emerging Photographers To Watch. Laval was chosen to take part in Photo España Descubrimientos program in 2004 and she is also the recipient of the Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant. Her photographs have been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, and internationally at such venues as the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (USA), the Sorlandet Art Museum in Kristiansand and the French Cultural Center in Oslo (Norway), the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (France), and at the following international photo festivals: Palm Springs Photo Festival (USA), Lodz Fotofestiwal (Poland), Rhubarb-Rhubarb, Birmingham (UK), Les Rencontres d’Arles (France). Her video „Inferno”, which premiered during Art Basel Miami Beach 2010, was presented at Centre Pompidou in Paris as part of the ASVOFF International Film Festival in 2011.