The Crane Kalman Gallery in London presents the exhibition celebrating 15 years of work by the contemporary French photographer Karine Laval. Karine Laval: Reflections, on view until August 19th, 2017, charts the evolution of Laval’s images from sun-drenched, bleached-out European lidos to darker, more abstracted dystopian landscapes.
Along with the new serie Heterotopia, the exhibition brings together two connected bodies of work – ‘The Pool (2002- 2005) and Poolscapes (2009-2012) – focused on the motif of the swimming pool and realised over ten years. Presenting public pools in urban and natural environments throughout Europe and private pools in the US, the work shows an evolution in tone and depth, from the real to the imagined, from the photographic to the painterly. Laval series evocate childhood memories and the universal experience of holidays and water. Oscillating between representation and abstraction, her images often challenge familiar perceptions of environment, acting as bridge between the world we live in and a more surreal and dreamlike dimension.