Laia Abril (1986) is a multidisciplinary artist working with photography, text, video and sound. After graduating from college with a degree in Journalism in Barcelona she moved to New York to focus on photography where she decided to start telling intimate stories that raise 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, where she worked as a researcher, photo editor and staff photographer at Colors Magazine.


Abril’s projects are produced across platforms such as installations, books, web docs, and films. Her work has been shown wildy and published internationally and is held in private collections and museums, such as Musée de l’Elysée and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland, FRAC in France and MNAC or FotoColectania in Barcelona.


She has published several monographics —Thinspiration Fanzine (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. In 2016 she published Lobismuller (RM Verlag) which was the first recipient of the Images Book award at Festival Images where was also first exhibited in Vevey, Switzerland.


After completing her five-year project On Eating Disorders, Abril embarked on her new long-term project, A History of Misogyny. Its first chapter On Abortion was first exhibited at The Rencontres d’Arles in 2016; and was the first recipient of the 2016 Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro, produced with the support of the 2016 Fotopress Grant and nominated for the ICP-Infinity award or Foam Paul Huf among others. The show has been exhibited in more than 10 countries including The Photographers Gallery (London), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Zagreb) or el Centro de la Imagen (Mexico).


The book On Abortion and the repercussions of lack of access (Dewi Lewis, 2018) was the winner of the 2018 Aperture Best Book Award as well as finalist of the prestigious 2019 Deutsche Borse. Abril is currently developing the next chapters, On Rape —recipient of the 2018 Visionary Award and the 2019 Magnum Fundation grant and the Genesis chapter On Mass Hysteria —nominee of the 2019 Swiss Prix Elysée.


Abril is currently based in Barcelona and represented by the parisian gallery Les Filles du Calvaire.

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

+33(0)1 42 74 47 95





  • 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