About

Bio

Laia Abril (Barcelona, 1986) photographer, visual artist and bookmaker. After graduating in Journalism she moved to New York to attend ICP courses, where she decided to focus her projects in telling intimate stories which raises uneasy and hidden realities related with sexuality, eating disorders and gender equality. Was then in 2009 when she enrolled for 5 years at FABRICA – the Artist Residency of the Benetton Research Centre in Italy; where she worked at COLORS Magazine as a creative editor and staff photographer for 5 years.

 

 

Her projects – including several platforms as installations, books, web docs, and films; have been shown internationally including the United States, Canada, UK, China, Poland, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Turkey, Greece, France, Italy or Spain. Her work is held in private and public collections as Musée de l’Elysée, Winterthur Museum in Switzerland or MNAC in Barcelona. Over the last years her work has been highlighted getting nominated for grants and awards as Magnum Foundation, Prix Piktet, Joop Swart Masterclass, Burn Emerging Photography Fund, FotoVisura, Foam Paul Huf and selected as a jury choice award at Santa Fe Center or Plat(f)orm PhotoMuseum. More recently she has been awardered with the Revelación Photo España Award, the Fotopress Grant and the Madame Figaro – Rencontres Arles award for her exhibition A History of Misogyny, chapter one: On Abortion. She is currently nominated to Catchlight and Visionary Award grants for the A History of Misogyny chapter two: On Hysteria.

 

 

She self-published Thinspiration in 2012, Tediousphilia (Musée de l’Elysée, 2014) and The Epilogue (Dewi Lewis, 2014), which was highly acclaimed and shortlisted for the ParisPhoto-Aperture First Book Award, Kassel PhotoBook Festival and Photo España Best Book Award and appointed by critic Jorg Cölberg like “A masterpiece of a photobook“. Her new book-project Lobismuller (RM, 2016) — holder of the Images Book Award, on the story of the most enigmatic and bloodthirsty serial killer of the Spanish history, was presented in Paris Photo 2016 and currently sold out.

 

 

After working for 5 years on her long-term project On Eating Disorders, Abril has started her new project A History of Misogyny, which first chapter On Abortion will be published by Dewi Lewis on 2017.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 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

  • 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

Awards, Fellowships and Residences

  • Currently nominated Visionary Award, 2017
  • Currently nominated Catchlight, 2017
  • Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro – Arles, 2016
  • Images Festival Book Award, 2016
  • Premio Revelación Photo España, 2016
  • Nominated Prix Pictet, 2015/2014
  • Nominated Foam Paul Huf Award, 2015/2017
  • Shortlisted Paris Photo-Aperture Book, 2014
  • Shortlisted Photo España Book Award, 2014
  • Shortlisted Kassel Photobook Award, 2013
  • Nominated Joop Swart Masterclass, 2012/2014
  • Nominated Magnum Foundation, 2012/2014/2017
  • Juror’s choice Award CENTER, 2013
  • Shortlisted FotoVisura Grant, 2013
  • Finalist Burn Emerging Photo Fund., 2012
  • Pl(a)tform, Fotomuseum Winterthur, 2011
  • FABRICA Schoolarship, 2009-2011

Selected Press

  • Lobismuller, GUP Magazine review, 2017
  • On Abortion, Aperture review, 2017
  • On Abortion, New Yorker review, 2017
  • On Abortion, New York Magazine review, 2016
  • On Abortion, The Guardian review, 2016
  • On Abortion, Le Monde review, 2016
  • The Epilogue, The Guardian review, 2014
  • The Epilogue, Conscientious review, 2014
  • Thinspiration, MuseeMagazine review, 2013
  • Thinspiration, ELSE Magazine review, 2013
  • Thinspiration, Dienacht #13 review, 2013

Contact

hello@laiaabril.com

Skype laia.abril

+34 646 17 06 97

IG laia_abril

Currently in Barcelona

Collections

  • Musée d’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
  • MNAC, Barcelona, Spain

Books

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

Catalogues

  • 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

Lectures and Public Presentations

  • ‘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
  • ‘On Eating Disorders: Thinspiration’, British Journal of Photography, Arles, 2012
  • ‘On Eating Disorders: Thinspiration’, lecture, Ojo de Pez PhotoMeeting, Barcelona, 2012