Laia ABRIL Spain, b. 1986

Laia ABRIL is a multidisciplinary artist working with photography, text, video and sound. After graduating from college in Spain with a degree in Journalism she moved to New York, attending photography courses at the International Center of Photography. During her studies, Abril decided to focus on telling intimate stories covering topics which focus on uneasy and hidden realities related with sexuality, eating disorders and gender equality. In her work 2018 installation On Abortion (shortlisted for the 2019 Deutsche Börse Photography prize), Abril visualises the personal stories and mapped routes, both psychological and geographical, that women in Poland have had to negotiate in seeking a termination to their pregnancies.

 

Abril’s projects are produced across platforms as installations, books, web docs, and films, which have been shown internationally in the US, Canada, the UK, China, Poland, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Turkey, Greece, France, Italy and Spain. Her long-term project ‘A History of Misogyny’ was first exhibited at Les Rencontres d'Arles in 2016 and subsequently in 2018 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb and at Maison des Metalos in Paris. Abril’s work is held in private collections and museums, such as Musée de l’Elysée and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland, FRAC in France or MNAC in Barcelona.