Fine Art Photography

Karine Laval’s Enchanted Gardens

June 22, 2016

By Conor Risch

© Karine Laval/Courtesy of the artist and Benrubi Gallery

“Untitled #15B,” 2014. Made in public and private gardens in the U.S., France and elsewhere, the images are “projections of my imagination,” but also an exploration of what “could be a perfect [natural] world without us,” says Karine Laval.

In a 1967 lecture, French theorist Michel Foucault spoke about utopias and heterotopias—spaces that don’t quite exist in reality. “Utopias…present society itself in a perfected form, or else society turned upside down, but in any case these utopias are fundamentally unreal spaces,” he said. However, heterotopias—a term he coined in the lecture—may exist physically. They are, he said, “a kind...

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