In her projects multidisciplinary artist Laia Abril is making hidden stories visible and putting complex ethical and moral issues up for discussion. Her photobooks, such as ‘The Epilogue’ and ‘On Abortion’ are often referred to as ‘research-based photobooks’ and have received great critical acclaim. Investigating topics that are intimate and uncomfortable, sometimes illegalised, relating to taboos and stigma, she divides her long-term projects into chapters, using photography, text, archival materials, video and sound to create different experiences for diverse platforms and audiences.
Laia Abril, Lobismueller, Barcelona/Mexiko 2016.
Laia Abril, The Epilogue, Stockport 2014.
Laia Abril, On Abortion. And the Repercussions of Lack of Access, Stockport 2018.
Session was hosted by VII Photo Agency.
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After studying journalism in Barcelona Laia Abril attended photography courses at the International Center of Photography in New York. In 2009 she enrolled in a five-year artist’s residency at Fabrica, the Benetton Communication Research Centre in Treviso, Italy, where she worked at Colors magazine. Abril’s book publications include the highly acclaimed The Epilogue (Dewi Lewis, 2014) and On Abortion (Dewi Lewis, 2018). She has received the 2018 Paris Photo-Aperture PhotoBook of the Year Award, the 2018 Tim Hetherington Trust Visionary Award, the 2019 Magnum Foundation Grant, and been shortlisted for Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2019. laia abril (Photo: Mahala Nuuk)