Artist Talk: Laia Abril – On Abortion
Photographer Laia Abril talks about her most recent work On Abortion and is joined in conversation by publisher and curator Dewi Lewis.
Today, safe and efficient means of abortion exist, yet 47,000 women die due to botched abortions, every year. Laia Abril's project On Abortion documents and conceptualizes these dangers and damages caused by women's lack of legal, safe and free access to abortion. As she weaves her net of questions around ethics and morality, Abril also creates a series of meditative visual and textual manifestations of the social triggers, stigmas, and taboos around abortion that have remained invisible until now.
On Abortion is the first chapter of Abril’s new long-term project A History of Misogyny - visual research undertaken through historical and contemporary comparisons – was an exhibition at Les Rencontres d'Arles in 2016 and a book, published by Dewi Lewis in 2017.
Laia Abril is a photographer, bookmaker and visual artist from Barcelona. After graduating in Journalism in Barcelona and studying photography in New York; she enrolled FABRICA’s artist residency where she worked at COLORS Magazine as a creative editor and staff photographer for 5 years.
Her projects have been shown internationally and her work is held in private and public collections including Musée de l’Elysée, Winterthur Museum in Switzerland or MNAC in Barcelona. In 2015 she was nominated for Foam’s Paul Huf Award and the Joop Swart Masterclass in 2014, and more recently she has been awarded with Premio Revelación PhotoEspaña and the Madame Figaro - Rencontres Arles award for her exhibition A History of Misogyny, chapter one: On Abortion.
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. Her book-project Lobismuller (RM, 2016) won the Images Book Award and was presented in Paris Photo 2016.
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Abril also leads a creative editing workshop at The Photographers' Gallery on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March. More information here.