Laia Abril

Visiting tutor

Laia Abril (1986) is a research-based artist working with photography, text, video and sound. After graduating in Journalism in Barcelona and studying photography in New York, she joined FABRICA in 2009 - Benetton's creative residency in Italy, where she worked for 5 years as an editor and staff photographer at COLORS Magazine.

Her work has been exhibited in more than 15 countries and is part of private and public collections such as the Centre Pompidou and FRAC in France, the Musée de l'Elysée and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland or Foto colectania and MNAC in Barcelona.

Her projects have been supported by the Magnum Foundation (New York, 2019), the Visionary Award (London, 2018), or FotoPres (Barcelona, 2016) and her career has been recognized with the Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro (Arles 2016), The Hood Medal (London, 2019) and the FOAM Paul Huf Award (Amsterdam, 2020), among others.

Author of several books like The Epilogue (2014, Dewi Lewis) or Lobismuller (2016, RM); in 2018 she published A History of Misogyny, chapter one: On Abortion - which was nominated for the prestigious Deutsche Börse Prize and winner of the Aperture-Paris Photo Best Book Award. Abril is represented by the Parisian gallery Les Filles du Calvaire, and is currently developing her next book, On Rape (Dewi Lewis, 2021) and her next installation, On Mass Hysteria (Le Bal, Paris & Musée de l'Elysée 2023).