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Karine Laval's artistic practice encompasses photography, video and installation/projection. 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. Laval’s distinctive use and deliberate manipulation of color, as well as the introduction of chance in some instances, contribute to further question the relationship between representation and reality, with some of her recent works moving towards abstraction and the dissolution of the image. She combines analog techniques and digital technologies to explore the transformative power of the camera and to investigate the process of image making and its relationship to surface and materiality. The resulting works – rich in texture and often oscillating between representation and abstraction, blur the boundaries between disciplines and engage a dialog with other mediums such as painting, sculpture and performance.
Karine Laval is a Brooklyn-based artist born in Paris (France). 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.
Laval's images have been featured in international publications such as The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Harper's, The Sunday Telegraph, Dazed & Confused, Le Monde, Le Figaro Magazine, Eyemazing, Next Level, EXIT, to name a few. Her work has been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, and internationally at such venues as the Palm Springs Art Museum and 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” was presented at Centre Pompidou in Paris as part of the ASVOFF International Film Festival in 2011. In 2014 Laval received the Jury’s Prize at the 6th ASVOFF International Film Festival in Rome for her short film State of Flux. Other awards include Humble Art Foundation’s 31 Women in Art Photography (2011), a Peter S. Reed Foundation’s Grant (2005), PDN’s Top 30 Emerging Photographers of the Year (2005), and Magenta Foundation Emerging Photographers of the Year (2005 and 2009), as well as being selected to take part in Photo España's Descubrimientos program (2004). Her first monograph will be published in 2016.