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Laia
Abril

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A history of Misogyny, chapter two: On Rape. Galerie Les filles du Calvaire, 2020

A history of Misogyny, chapter two: On Rape. Galerie Les filles du Calvaire, 2020

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Laia Abril

Née en 1986, Barcelone, Espagne

Vit à Barcelone, Espagne

Laia Abril (1986) est une artiste pluridisciplinaire travaillant la photographie, le texte, la vidéo et le son. Après avoir obtenu son diplôme en journalisme à l’université, elle déménage à New York pour se consacrer à la photographie. Elle décide alors de faire le récit d’histoires intimes liées à la sexualité, aux troubles de l’alimentation et à l’égalité des sexes. En 2009, elle s’inscrit pour 5 ans dans une résidence proposée par La Fabrica (Madrid), et le centre de recherche Benetton à Trévise, où travaille comme chercheuse, monteuse et photographe pour le magazine Colors.

Les projets de Laia Abril prennent plusieurs formes, il peut s’agir d’installations, des livres, de documents Web et de films. Son travail a été mondialement exposé et publié. Il intègre à la fois des collections privées et publiques, tels que le Musée de l’Elysée et le Fotomuseum Winterthur en Suisse, le FRAC Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur en France, le MNAC ou FotoColectania à Barcelone.

L’artiste a également publié plusieurs livres – Thinspiration (auto-édité, 2012), Tediousphilia (Musée de l’Elysée, 2014) et The Epilogue (Dewi Lewis, 2014), qui a été sélectionnée pour le prix Paris Photo-Aperture, le Festival PhotoBook de Kassel, le prix du meilleur livre à Photo España, et qualifié de «chef-d’œuvre de livre photo» par le critique Jörg Colberg. En 2016, elle publie Lobismuller (RM Verlag), qui reçoit le prix Images Book au Festival Images.

Après avoir terminé son projet de cinq ans sur les troubles alimentaire, Abril s’est lancée dans un nouveau projet, A History of Misogyny. Son premier chapitre On Abortion a été présenté pour la première fois aux Rencontres d’Arles en 2016; et a été le premier lauréat du Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro, produit avec le soutien de Fotopress et nominé entre autres pour le prix ICP-Infinity.

L’exposition On Abortion a été exposée dans plus de 10 pays, notamment The Photographers Gallery (Londres), le Musée d’art contemporain (Zagreb), le Centro de la Imagen (Mexique), le Museum of Sex (New York). Le livre On Abortion and the repercussions of lack of access (Dewi Lewis, 2018) a été lauréat du prix du meilleur livre Aperture en 2018 et finaliste du prestigieux Deutsche Borse en 2019.

En 2020, Laia Abril remporte le Foam Paul Huf Award pour son projet sur le long terme The History of Misogyny. Après une présentation à la galerie Les filles du calvaire et à la Biennale de l’image possible (Liège), l’exposition du Chapitre II On Rape sera présentée, en novembre 2020, au Foam Amsterdam.

Le troisième chapitre, On Mass Hysteria, en cours de réalisation, a déjà reçu le soutien de deux institutions, Le Bal (Paris) et le Musée de l’Elysée (Lausanne) qui exposeront le projet en 2023.

On Abortion

On Abortion

Laia Abril

2017

ISBN : 978-1-911306-24-5

Under ‘natural’ circumstances, the average woman would get pregnant about 15 times in her life, resulting in ten births. Seven of those babies would survive childhood. For centuries, people have searched for ways to delay or terminate pregnancy. Today, safe and efficient means of abortion finally exist, yet women around the world continue to use ancient, illegal or risky home methods: Every year, 47,000 women die from botched abortions.

Across many countries and religions, millions of women are still denied access to abortion by the law or by social coercion. They are forced to carry pregnancies to term against their will, even minors and rape victims, and for many the pregnancy is not viable or poses a health risk. But all can be criminalized for trying to abort.

On Abortion is the first part of Laia Abril’s new long-term project, A History of Misogyny. The work was first exhibited at Les Rencontres in Arles in 2016 and awarded the Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro and the Fotopress Grant. Abril documents and conceptualizes the dangers and damage caused by women’s lack of legal, safe and free access to abortion. She draws on the past to highlight the long, continuing erosion of women’s reproductive rights through to the present-day, weaving together questions of ethics and morality, to reveal a staggering series of social triggers, stigmas, and taboos around abortion that have been largely invisible until now.

Laia Abril is a visual artist, photographer and bookmaker from Barcelona. After graduating in Journalism, she enrolled at FABRICA – the Benneton artist residency; where she worked at COLORS Magazine as a creative editor and staff photographer for 5 years. Her projects have been shown throughout Europe, in the United States, and in China and have been published in media worldwide. Her work is held in many private and public collections. Her first book with Dewi Lewis Publishing, the critically acclaimed The Epilogue (2014), was shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture First Book Award, Kassel PhotoBook Festival and the Photo España Best Book Award.

Editions Dewi Lewis

Lobismuller

Lobismuller

Laia Abril

2016

ISBN RM Verlag 978-84-16282-64-7

Lobismuller tells the story of Manuel Blanco Romasanta, Spain’s bloodiest and most enigmatic serial killer, from a female perspective. Manuel was born Manuela and originally believed to be a woman: according to modern forensic theories, he (or she) may have lived with a rare syndrome of intersexuality. Blanco Romasanta was dubbed the « Soapmaker, » owing to his habit of using the fat of victims to produce high-quality soap. Although confessing to nine of the seventeen murders now attributed to him, Blanco Romasanta pleaded not guilty, declaring himself the victim of a curse that had transformed him into a wolf.

Editions RM

The Epilogue

The Epilogue

Laia Abril

2014

978-1-907893-54-4

Shortlisted for The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards 2014Hardback, 172 pages
248mm x 190mm

This is the story of the Robinson family – and the aftermath of losing their 26 year-old daughter to bulimia

Working closely with the family Laia Abril explores the dilemmas and struggles confronted by many young girls and their families; the problems families face in dealing with both their sense of guilt and the grieving process; the frustration of close friends and the dark ghosts of this deadliest of illnesses; all blended together in the bittersweet act of remembering a loved one.

Editions Dewi Lewis

Tediousphilia

Tediousphilia

Laia Abril

2014

ISBN 288350105X

Thousands of young couples from every corner of the planet are setting up businesses, simply and quickly, from the comfort of their own bedrooms. Usually unemployed, affected by the hopeless crisis of our days, members of the « Facebook Generation » and unafraid of exposing their intimacy for few hundred bucks a week; these enterprising pairs offer sex performances online. Their virtual, on-demand peepshows can be found on several websites, where you can watch them waiting « ready to have sex for you » on live stream until the moment you decide to pay for action.

Tediousphilia Book is a project in collaboration with the Art Director Ramon Pez, based on my photographic series which documents the boringness and tedium suffered by vernacular webcam sex-performer couples in the standby, before-sex moment in the not-that-virtual second-life.

Publié par le Musée de l’Elysée

Thinspiration

Thinspiration

Laia Abril

2012

First be warned, this is a troubling, if not disturbing, photobook.

As such, it is a photo-documentary of a community of mostly young women who appear to obsessively starving themselves to death. In a bazaar twist on social networking, these women post and share self-portraits of their current anorexia state amongst themselves. .

As a social documentary artist, Laia Abril has researched this self-destructing group by re-photographing what these women have posted about themselves on certain web sites and other social media. In by so doing, she calls attention to the act of social networking as well as photography as a medium to propagate an illness.

Abril asks the rhetorical question; does photography help them to be aware of reality or has the camera turned into another trick for anorexia to control their body and perpetuate the distortion of their own image? To what extent does photography influence the deterioration of their illness?

Abril mashes the subject’s self-portraits with text that the members post. Concurrent with the posting of their self-portraits, the pro-ana (anorexia) members provide “encouragement” on their quest to become invisible, to physically waste away.

The photographs reveal how the subjects document their current state of “success”, usually standing partially undressed or nude in front of large mirrors situated in bathrooms or bedrooms, posing to reveal the their protruding rib and hip bones, sunken stomachs or boney wrists or legs that are skinner than their knees. Abril edited and designed the layout of the resulting photographs to create a visual map of this destructive state of mind with the double gate-folds hiding and then revealing this complex condition, perhaps symbolic of how the women attempt to conceal/reveal what they are attempting to accomplish.

Indirectly, Abril has created a social commentary about and an investigation into what constitutes beauty and femininity, while exposing an addiction that has serious, if not deadly, consequences.

As a photobook object, it is a complex stiff cover book constructed of a series of double gatefolds. The introduction is by Silvia Omedes and the Afterword is by Abril with the text provided in Spanish and English.

As an interesting publishing note, the book was designed in collaboration with Ramon Pez and Guillermo Brotons with Edition Consulting by Christina de Middel and Silvia Omedes. Pez and Abril had similar roles in the publication of Christina de Middel’s The Afronauts, one of the most interesting artist photobook in 2012.

Self-published

  • Entrevista: Laia Abril fala sobre Do Estupro, novo capítulo da sua série Uma história da misoginia

    Revista ZUM, 07 mars 2020

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  • Laia Abril. De la misogynie (chapitre deux)

    Mediapart, 22 février 2020

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  • Laia Abril: the photographer bearing witness to rape

    The Guardian, 19 février 2020

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  • Comment l'artiste Laia Abril explore l’histoire du viol

    Numéro, 18 février 2020

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  • ‘Historia de la Misoginia’, capítulo 2: cuando el sistema facilita que te violen

    El Pais, 14 février 2020

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  • Viols et vérités

    Fisheye magazine, 14 février 2020

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  • Sans pathos, Laia Abril met en scène une histoire de la misogynie

    Télérama - Sortir Grand Paris, 12 février 2020

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  • Laia Abril: “No consigo publicar en Estados Unidos este trabajo sobre las violaciones”

    Paris Barcelona, 10 février 2020

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  • On Rape: Laia Abril

    Vogue Italia, 10 février 2020

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  • Photo : les 11 expos à voir absolument en février 2020 à Paris

    Télérama, 09 février 2020

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  • LAIA ABRIL — GALERIE LES FILLES DU CALVAIRE

    Slash, 6 février 2020

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  • Laia Abril. Le mal profond de la « culture du viol »

    Blind, 05 février 2020

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  • « A History of Misogyny – on rape » : Le second chapitre de Laia Abril se dévoile aux Filles du Calvaire

    9 Lives, 04 février 2020

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  • Laia Abril, archiviste de la misogynie

    Le Monde - Le mag, 03 février 2020

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  • Private view: must-see gallery shows opening in February

    The Art Newspaper, 03 février 2020

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  • Laia Abril : «En grandissant, je me suis demandé : pourquoi doit-on servir en premier les hommes à table ?»

    Libération, 31 janvier 2020

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  • Historia fotográfica de la violación

    El País, 28 janvier 2020

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  • Laia Abril : "Je me suis intéressée à la culture du viol dans le monde"

    Madame Figaro, 25 janvier 2020

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  • Corpi rubati

    Internazionale, 24 janvier 2020

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  • Photobook Reviews On Abortion

    Conscientious PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINE, février 2018

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  • In Paris : On Abortion by Laia Abril

    British Journal of Photography, November 9th 2017

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  • Festival Photoreporter 2017 : Laia Abril brise le tabou des règles à travers le monde

    Konbini, octobre 2017

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  • RÈGLES : DES CROYANCES MENSTRUEUSES

    Libération, 24 octobre 2017

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  • Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro - Arles 2016 : Laia Abril, première lauréate

    Madame Figaro, 08 juillet 2016

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