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Laia Abril Wikipedia
Laia Abril (born 1986) is a photographer and multiplatform storyteller who makes work related to femininity. Her book, The Epilogue (2014) which documents the indirect victims of eating disorders, was well received.
Life and work
Abril was born in 1986 in Barcelona, Spain. She gained a degree in journalism in Barcelona. She moved to New York to study photography at the International Center of Photography. In 2009 she enrolled at Fabrica research centre, the artist residency of Benetton in Italy, where she worked as a staff photographer and consultant photo editor at Colors magazine for four years.
Since 2010 Abril has been working on a project exploring the subject of eating disorders, resulting in A Bad Day, a short film about a young girl struggling with bulimia; Thinspiration (2012), which explores the use of photography in pro-ana websites; and The Epilogue (2014), documenting the indirect victims of eating disorders, through the story of the Robinson family and the aftermath of the death of Cammy Robinson to bulimia. Critic Sean O'Hagan, writing in The Guardian, said of The Epilogue that "It is a sombre and affecting photobook ... dense and rewarding ... At times, it makes for a painful read. From time to time, I had to put it down, take a breather. But I kept going back." The Epilogue was shortlisted for the First PhotoBook category of the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards in 2014.
Her other projects include Femme Love, on a young lesbian community in Brooklyn; Last Cabaret on a sex club in Barcelona; and the Asexuals Project, a documentary film about asexuality.Thinspiration. Self-published zine, 2012.The Epilogue. Stockport: Dewi Lewis, 2014. ISBN 978-1907893544. Designed in collaboration with art director Ramon Pez.Tediousphilia. Lausanne: Musée de l'Élysée, 2014. ISBN 978-2883501058. Designed in collaboration with art director Ramon Pez.Laia Abril. PHotoBolsillo. Madrid: La Fabrica, 2016. ISBN 978-8416248605. Spanish.Lobismuller. Mexico City; Barcelona: Editorial RM, 2016. ISBN 978-8416282647. With a text by Abril and designed in collaboration with art director Ramon Pez.Fenómeno Fotolibro Mexico City; Barcelona: Editorial RM, 2017.The Post-photographic condition by Joan Fontcuberta. Montreal: Mois de la Photo, 2015.Under 35 Madrid: Ivorypress, 2015.Diccionario de Fotógrafos Españoles. Madrid: La Fabrica, 2014.Diccionario de Fotógrafos Españoles. Madrid: La Fabrica, 2014.From Here On. Madrid: RM, 2013. Exhibition catalogue for From Here On, Centre d'Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona, curated by Joan Fontcuberta, Erik Kessels, Martin Parr, Joachim Schmid and Clément Chéroux.The Afronauts by Cristina de Middel. Self-published 2012. Creative Direction and editing in collaboration with Ramon Pez.From Here On, Centre d'Art Santa Mónica, February 2013. Curated by Joan Fontcuberta, Erik Kessels, Joachim Schmid and Martin Parr.On Identity, Gallery Sous Les Etoiles, New York, 10 September 2014 – 25 October 2014. With Jen Davis, Olya Ivanova, Lindsay Morris and Chris Rijksen.Fotografia 2.0, PHotoEspaña, Madrid, June 2014. Curated by Joan Fontcuberta. With Diego Collado, Pablo Chacón, Manuel Fernández, Miguel Ángel García, Alejandro Guijarro, Albert Gusi, Juana Ghost, Roc Herms, Darius Koehli, Reinaldo Loureiro, Daniel Mayrit, Oscar Monzón, Noelia Pérez, Jordi Pou, Arturo Rodríguez, Txema Salvans, Miguel Ángel Tornero, Jon Uriarte and Fosi Vegue.A History of Misogyny, Chapter One: On Abortion, Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, France, 2016.2017: One of five shortlisted for the Tim Hetherington Visionary Award from the Tim Hetherington Trust, for A History Of Misogyny, chapter two: On Hysteria2017: One of eleven shortlisted for the Catchlight Award, for A History Of Misogyny, chapter two: On Hysteria.2016: Prix Madame Figaro for the exhibition in Arles A History Of Misogyny, chapter two: On Hysteria.2015: Images Festival Book Award for Lobismuller".2014: The Epilogue was shortlisted for the First PhotoBook category of the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook AwardsFotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland.
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