"I like to challenge the familiar perception we have of the world, and I often see my images as a bridge between the world we live in and a more surreal and imaginary dimension. In my still and moving images, genres such as narrative and performance are expanded through visual and temporal transformations of represented reality." - Karine Laval
STATE OF FLUX (2013) was conceived along side with the series of photographs ALTERED STATES (2012-2013). Laval directed a professional dancer to perform underwater, testing the body’s resistance in an unfamiliar element and under challenging conditions, thus evoking man’s struggle with nature and the uncertainty of the human experience. Performative aspects have long been part of Laval’s work as evidenced in her video INFERNO and in the photographic series POOLSCAPES, as well as the early photographic series THE POOL, where spontaneous scenes of bathers appear to be composed by a silent choreographer once isolated within the frame of her camera.
Here Laval continues to explore the vagaries of subjective perception and challenges the way we see by combining performance and time and exposing the mechanics of vision. The moving images, combined with an original soundtrack created by Laval, offer an otherworldly feast of textures and multiple surfaces evocative of sculptural forms. Using water as an additional – and distorting – lens, the artist generates a non-narrative work that oscillates between representation and abstraction and blurs the boundary between video, performance, sculpture and painting.
* Original soundscape by Karine Laval
Karine Laval's work has been featured in international publications such as The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Sunday Telegraph, Dazed & Confused, Le Figaro Magazine, 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. 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” was presented at Centre Pompidou in Paris as part of the ASVOFF International Film Festival in 2011.