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IN VIVO | the nature of nature

IN VIVO | the nature of nature

Karine Laval


The term heterotopia was introduced by the French philosopher Michel Foucault for ‘spaces of otherness’, spaces where multiple, mutually exclusive meanings actually overlap each other. Like in the gardens that Karine Laval photographed in the United States and Europe for HETEROTOPIA, which are both natural and artificial. A garden is a microcosm in which plants and animals are placed that normally wouldn’t even coexist in the outside world. This cosmos functions for Laval as an open-air studio and as a subject. Her images transform reality with distortions, enlargements and bright colours. They are not the result of digital manipulation, but were created using a camera and reflective surfaces. The seemingly seductive images carry a message about a world in change; dealing simultaneously with the experience of a psychedelic view on nature and a toxic, post-natural world.


Karine Laval (France, 1971) studied communication and journalism at the Sorbonne in Paris and photography at the Cooper Union School and the New School in New York. Besides working as a photographer, Laval is also a video artist. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph, Le Figaro Magazine and Eyemazing. Her video Inferno was shown in 2011 at the ASVOFF International Film Festival in the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Laval has lived and worked in New York since 1997.