Laia Abril (Barcelona, 1986) is a photographer, visual artist and bookmaker. After graduating in Journalism in Barcelona and studying photography in New York, she enrolled FABRICA’s artist residency where she worked at COLORS Magazine as a creative editor and staff photographer for 5 years.
Her projects have been shown internationally including the United States, Canada, the UK, China, Poland, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, France, Italy and Spain. Her work is held in private and public collections such as Musée de l’Elysée and Winterthur Museum in Switzerland, Madame Figaro- Arles and FRAC in France or MNAC in Barcelona. Her work has been recognized with several nominations such as Foam’s Paul Huf Award, Visionary Award, Magnum Foundation and Catchlight. Recently she has been awarded the Fotopres Grant, Premio Revelación PhotoEspaña and the Prix Madame Figaro for her exhibition at Les Rencontres d’Arles 2016, “A History of Misogyny, chapter One: On Abortion”.
She self-published “Thinspiration” in 2012, “Tediousphilia” (Musée de l’Elysée, 2014) and “The Epilogue” (Dewi Lewis, 2014), which was highly acclaimed and shortlisted for the ParisPhoto-Aperture First Book Award, Kassel PhotoBook Festival and Photo España Best Book Award. In 2016 La Fabrica published her first Photobolsillo. “Lobismuller” (RM, 2016) was a holder of the Images Book Award and a finalist of the Photo España Best Book Award 2017. After working for 5 years on her long-term project “On Eating Disorders”, Abril has started her new project “A History of Misogyny”, whose first chapter “On Abortion” was published by Dewi Lewis in Paris Photo 2017.