DIRECTOR: KARINE LAVAL / COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA / DURATION: 1'26'' / MUSIC: KARINE LAVAL / CAST: TYLER JAMES ASHLEY / DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: KARINE LAVAL / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: KARINE LAVAL
FILM SYNOPSIS : Using water as a distorting lens, the artist generates a non-narrative work that oscillates between representation and abstraction and blurs the boundaries between video, performance, sculpture and painting. Laval directed a professional dancer to perform underwater in a swimming pool, 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.
DIRECTOR BIO: Karine Laval is a French aritst living and working in New York. 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. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is regularly featured in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Dazed & Confused, Le Figaro Magazine, The New Yorker, Eyemazing, EXIT and many others.
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