We continue to offer new live conversations with the photographers in our collection. The next one will be this coming Wednesday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. with LAIA ABRIL, who will have a dialogue with Pepe Font de Mora, director of Foto Colectania.
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ABOUT LAIA ABRIL
Laia Abril (Barcelona, 1986) is a multidisciplinary artist working with photography, text, video and sound. After graduating from college with a degree in Journalism in 2009 she enrolled the artist residency at FABRICA in Italy, where she worked for 5 years as a creative editor and staff photographer at COLORS Magazine.
Abril’s work has been exhibited internationally and is part of private and public collections such as Musée de l’Elysée and Fotomuseum Winterthur, FRAC or MNAC. She published several books —Thinspiration (self-published, 2012), Tediousphilia (Musée de l’Elysée, 2014), The Epilogue (Dewi Lewis, 2014) —shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture First Book Award, Kassel PhotoBook Festival, Photo España Best Book Award; and Lobismuller (RM, 2016) which was part of the Images Book - Festival Images.
She is currently developing the following projects: Chapter Two: On Rape —which has won the Visionary Award from Tim Hetherington and has been exhibited at Les Filles du Calvaire in 2020, and the Genesis Chapter: On Mass Hysteria —currently nominated of the Prix Elysée.
ABOUT “ON ABORTION”
For centuries, people have searched for ways to delay or terminate pregnancy. Today, safe and efficient means of abortion finally exist, yet women around the world continue to use ancient, illegal or risky home methods: Every year, 47,000 women around the world die due to botched abortions. Across countries and religions, millions of women are blocked from abortion technologies by law and social coercion and are forced to carry pregnancies to term against their will. Some are minors and rape victims. For many, the pregnancy is not viable or poses a health risk. But all can be criminalized for trying to abort.
Laia Abril’s long-term project, A History of Misogyny, is a visual research undertaken through historical and contemporary comparisons. In her first chapter, On Abortion, Abril documents and conceptualizes the dangers and damages caused by women’s lack of legal, safe and free access to abortion. Continuing with her painstaking research methodology, Abril draws on the past to highlight the long, continuous erosion of women’s reproductive rights to present-day.
LINKS FOR REFERENCE
(Web) LAIA ABRIL
(Exhibiton) Laia Abril. On Abortion
(Video) LAIA ABRIL: LA VERDAD INCÓMODA. GENERACIÓN INSTANTÁNEA, RTVE](https://www.rtve.es/playz/videos/generacion-instantanea/generacion-instantanea-laia-abril-verdad-incomoda/4507118/).