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Karine Laval, Quarantine #24, 2020, C-print, 30 × 40".

Karine Laval, Quarantine #24, 2020, C-print, 30 × 40".

Karine Laval

Laval Studio/SOCO Gallery

This was, you might say, an entirely homegrown exhibition. It obeyed Voltaire’s great admonition “Il faut cultiver notre jardin” (Let us cultivate our garden); for an artist, following the adjuration might mean shouldering the responsibility not only for making the work but for presenting it to the public with little endorsement and intermediation of dealers, curators, or other gatekeepers. For several years, Karine Laval has been making photographs in public and private gardens throughout Europe and North America for her ongoing series “Heterotopia,” 2014–. When the coronavirus pandemic confined the artist to her Brooklyn home, she understood that she, too, had a little garden she could photograph, so she set to work with her camera. And since processing labs were off-limits, Laval outputted the results on a home printer, which, among other things, limited the prints’ size to seventeen

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