Laia Abril (Barcelona, 1986) is a photographer, transmedia-visual artist and bookmaker. Her projects are focus on telling intimate stories which raises uneasy realities related with sexuality, identity, femininity and body image.
Her projects have been exhibited mostly in Switzerland, Netherlands, London, New York, Italy, Germany, Montreal, Spain or Poland; in festivals as the New York Photo Festival, Photo España, Le Mois de la Photo in Montreal or the Photo Triennale of Hamburg; as museums and galleries like Arts Santa Monica in Barcelona, Sous les Etoiles in New York, Ivorypress in Madrid or Museé de l’Elysée in Lausanne.
In 2010 during her two years artist residency at FABRICA – the Communication Research Center in Italy; was twice finalist of the Ian Parry Awards and selected at Plat(t)form Winterthur PhotoMuseum in 2012 – joining their permanent collection. More recently she was a finalist at the Burn Emerging Fund (2012 and 2014), shortlisted for Fotovisura Grant (2013), CENTER Jury’s choice award (2013), Finalist Critical Mass (2013) and nominated to the Magnum Foundation, the Joop Swart Masterclass and Foam Paul Huf Award this year.
Her work has been published and reviewed widely in, amongst others, The Sunday Times Magazine, The New York Times, Le Monde, The Guardian, Ft, Vrij, PDN, Burn, Esquire, The Atlantic, Slanted, 1000 Words, Musée Magazine, Else Magazine; or COLORS Magazine where she was photographer and creative editor for more than 4 years.
She self-published her fanzine ‘Thinspiration’ in 2012, and most recently the book ‘Tediousphilia’ (Musée de l’Elysée, 2014), and ‘The Epilogue’ (Dewi Lewis, 2014) reviewed by Jörg Colberg as ‘A Masterpiece of a Photobook’ and shortlisted at the ParisPhoto-Aperture First Book Award; as Kassel Book Festival and Photo España Best Book Award. Her ongoing book ‘Lobismuller’ has received the Images Book Award and VU Artist Residency Grant.
Currently based in Barcelona she is researching ‘On Abortion’ the first chapter her new long-term project ‘On Misogyny’. Abril is represented by INSTITUTE.
Blog, Photo Eye.com
IDFA, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam