Laia Abril (Barcelona, 1986) is a multidisciplinary artist working with photography, text, video and sound. After graduating from college with a degree in Journalism she moved to New York to attend photography courses at the ICP. There she decided to focus on telling intimate stories which raises uneasy and hidden realities related with sexuality, eating disorders and gender equality. In 2009 she enrolled in a 5-years artist residency at FABRICA, the Benetton Research Centre in Treviso, Italy, where she worked as a creative editor and staff photographer at COLORS magazine.


Abril’s projects are produced across platforms as installations, books, web docs, and films. Her work has been shown internationally in the United States, Canada, the UK, China, Poland, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Turkey, Greece, France, Italy and Spain. Her works are held in private collections and museums, such as Musée de l’Elysée and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland, FRAC in France or MNAC in Barcelona. Over the last years her work was acknowledged by grants and awards nominations at Magnum Foundation, ICP-Infinity awards Foam Paul Huf or CatchLight and selected as a jury choice award at Santa Fe Center and Plat(f)orm Fotomuseum Winterthur. More recently she has been awarded the Revelación Photo España Award, Fotopress Grant and Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro for her exhibition at Les Rencontres d’Arles (2016) A History of Misogyny, chapter one: On Abortion.


She published several books —Thinspiration (self-published, 2012), Tediousphilia (Musée de l’Elysée, 2014) and the highly acclaimed The Epilogue (Dewi Lewis, 2014), which was shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture First Book Award, Kassel PhotoBook Festival, Photo España Best Book Award and referred to as “a masterpiece of a photobook“ by critic Jörg Colberg. On of her most recent book reconstructing the story of the most enigmatic and bloodthirsty serial killer of the Spanish history —Lobismuller (RM, 2016) was a recipient of the Images Book.


After completing her five-year project On Eating Disorders, Abril has embarked on the new long-term project, A History of Misogyny. Its first chapter On Abortion (Dewi Lewis, 2017) was recipient of an Honorable Mention at Photo España Best Book Award and is shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture Best Book Award. Currently Abril is developing the next chapters, On Rape Culture — recipient of the Visionary Award from Tim hetherington trust and Mass Hysteria — current nominee of the Prix Elysée.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • A History of Misogyny, chapter one: On Abortion, Maison des Metalos, Paris, 2018.
  • Suyay, Centre de la Photographie, Geneve, 2018.
  • A History of Misogyny, chapter one: On Abortion, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, 2018.
  • A History of Misogyny, chapter one: On Abortion, Rencontres Arles, 2016
  • Tediousphilia, Musée de l’Elysée, 2015
  • On Eating Disorders, Docfield Festival, 2015
  • The Epilogue, 001 Gallery, Rome, 2015
  • Thinspiration, Contraluz Gallery, 2013
  • Femme Love, Studio la Città, 2010

Selected Collective Exhibitions

  • Losbimuller, Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris, 2018.
  • Menstruation Myths, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, 2018.
  • Situations #45’, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, 2016.
  • Las 17, CaixaForum, Madrid, 2017.
  • Las 17, CaixaForum, Barcelona, 2017
  • Thinspiration, Fotomuseum Winterthur, 2016
  • Asexuals & Tediousphilia, Galerie im Taxispalais, Vienna, 2016
  • The Haunted Island, Center of Art Santa Mónica, Barcelona, 2016
  • Tediousphilia, Photo50, London, 2016
  • The Epilogue, Ivorypress, Madrid, 2015
  • The Epilogue, Fotodok, Utrech, 2015
  • The Epilogue, Athens PhotoFestival, 2015
  • Asexuals, Gallery Sous Les Etoiles, NY, 2014
  • Thinspiration, PhotoEspaña, 2014
  • Thinspiration, Amelie A. Wallace Galley, 2014
  • Thinspiration, Lodz FotoFestiwal,  2013
  • Thinspiration, Center of Art Santa Mónica, Barcelona, 2013

Selected Awards

  • Shortlisted, Deutsche Börse Prize, 2019
  • Nominee Prix Elysée, 2018
  • Shortlisted Paris Photo-Aperture Award, 2018
  • Recipient Visionary Award, 2017
  • Recipient Honorable Mention, Photo España Book Award, 2018
  • Shortlisted Catchlight, 2017
  • Shortlisted Photo España Book Award, 2017/2014
  • Recipient FotoPres Grant, 2016
  • Recipient Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro – Arles, 2016
  • Recipient Images Festival Book Award, 2016
  • Recipient Premio Revelación Photo España, 2016
  • Nominated Foam Paul Huf Award, 2015/2017
  • Shortlisted Paris Photo-Aperture Book, 2014
  • Shortlisted Kassel Photobook Award, 2013/2018
  • Nominated Joop Swart Masterclass, 2012/2014
  • Nominated Magnum Foundation, 2012/2014/2017
  • Pl(a)tform, Fotomuseum Winterthur, 2011
  • FABRICA Schoolarship, 2009-2011

Studio Contact


Skype laia.abril

IG laia_abril

Currently in Barcelona



For commercial/assignment inquires

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Represented by

Galerie Les Filles Du Calvaire

17, rue des Filles Du Calvaire

75003 Paris

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  • Musée d’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
  • MNAC, Barcelona, Spain
  • FRAC, France
  • Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, US


  • On Abortion, Dewi Lewis, 2017
  • Lobismuller, RM, 2016
  • The Epilogue, Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2014
  • Tediousphilia, Musée de l’Elysée, 2014
  • Thinspiration Fanzine, Self-published, 2012


  • Fenómeno Fotolibro, RM, 2017
  • Photobolsillo Laia Abril, La Fabrica, 2016
  • The Post-photographic condition, Mois de la Photo, 2015
  • Under35, Ivorypress, 2015
  • Diccionario de Fotógrafos Españoles, La Fabrica, 2014
  • From Here On,  RM, 2013

Selected Lectures

  • ‘On Abortion’ Abortion beyond bounds, McGill, Montreal, 2018
  • ‘Suyay’, ICRC, Geneve, 2018
  • ‘On Abortion’ The Photographers Gallery, London, 2018
  • ‘On Abortion’ Le Bal, Paris, 2018
  • ‘On Abortion’, Photo London, 2018
  • ‘On Abortion’ Bilder Nordic, Oslo, 2018
  • ‘Lobismuller’, artist talk, Hydra, Mexico city, 2017
  • ‘Multi-platform storytelling’, Coventry University, Barcelona, 2017
  • ‘On Abortion’ artist talk, Photo Jaipur, India, 2016
  • ‘On Abortion’, artist talk, Nepal, 2016
  • ‘On Abortion’, artist talk, Valongo Festival, Santos, Brasil, 2016
  • ‘Multi-platform storytelling’, Mois de la Photo, Montreal, Canada, 2015
  • ‘The Epilogue’, Photo Book Festival, Bristol, 2015
  • ‘Editor vs Photographer, guest lecturer, University of Communication, Sevilla, 2014
  • ‘On Eating Disorders’ artist talk, Suny College at Old Westbury, New York, 2014
  • ‘Editor vs Photographer’, guest teacher, School of Visual Arts, New York, 2014
  • ‘Post-Photography’, panel discussion, Centre d’Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona, 2013