Portrait of Laia Abril


Laia Abril works on longterm projects that are based on research. After she finished her degree in Journalism in 2009, she continued her career as an artist-in-residence at FABRICA, where she became an editor at COLORS MAGAZINE.

Her work has been shown internationally and is held in private collections and museums. Abril has published numerous books including The Epilogue (Dewi Lewis, 2014), Lobismuller (RM Verlag, 2016) and On Abortion (Dewi Lewis, 2018). She won the Aperture Best Book Award in 2018 and was a finalist of the prestigious Deutsche Börse Award in 2019. Abril continues to work on her long-term umbrella project A History of Misogyny, for which she has created and published multiple chapters so far.

Chastity Belt, 2019, On Rape © Courtesy Laia Abril & Galerie Les filles du calvaire
Shrinky Recipe, 2019, On Rape © Courtesy Laia Abril & Galerie Les filles du calvaire

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Watch: Carmen Winant in conversation with Laia Abril

Video still Hidden Realities: A conversation between Laia Abril and Carmen Winant

Laia Abril and Carmen Winant both use in-depth research and mixed-media installations to develop projects around underexposed phenomena, mostly related to current and historical feminist ideals. The online Zoom conversation is the continuation of an expansive email conversation between the two, examining their methods of storytelling, the position of the artist relating to their subject and questions the relationship between art and activism.

Winner Foam Paul Huf Award 2020

In 2020, Laia Abril was selected as the 14th winner of the Foam Paul Huf Award, with her multi-year project The History of Misogyny. The interview between Laia Abril and Carmen Winant about this project featured in Foam Magazine #58: Talent (see below).

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