Karine Laval, a Brooklyn-based French artist, 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.
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Laval’s 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 metaphoric voyages or reveries through time, place, memory and perception where narratives are expanded through visual transformations of represented reality.
Karine Laval’s images have been featured in international publications such as The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Sunday Telegraph, Le Monde, and Le Figaro Magazine, to name a few. Her work has been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions internationally at venues such as the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (France), the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (USA), the Sorlandet Art Museum in Kristiansand (Norway), and the Palm Springs Art Museum (USA). In 2011 her work was included in Les Rencontres d’Arles festival (France), and her video Inferno presented at Centre Pompidou in Paris as part of the ASVOFF International Film Festival. 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), 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 by Steidl in 2018.