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Laia Abril will be in conversation with Sunil Shah about her research-based documentary approach to 'A History of  Misogyny' realised through her two projects: 'On Abortion' and 'On Rape'.

Abril's long-form documentary work addresses the oppressive regimes manifested through misogyny and the patriarchy. Using multiple approaches to visual and testimonial material, she reassembles histories from perspectives that are suppressed and rarely made public. What is revealed are emotionally powerful testimonies, stories of survival and the true horror of suffering and death.

Tuesday 30. June 2020
7pm CET

Location : Zoom (sign up under to receive a link)
Free entry 
NOTE : This talk will not be recorded for the archive. 

Read more about the Online Talk programme "Once Upon a Time... - an online program on protest and engagement in research based photography" here.






Laia Abril (1986) is a research-based artist working with photography, text, video and sound. After graduating from college with a degree in Journalism she moved to New York to focus on photography where she decided to start telling intimate stories that raise uneasy and hidden realities related with sexuality, eating disorders and gender equality. In 2009, she enrolled the artist residency at FABRICA, the Benetton Research Centre in Treviso, where she worked as a researcher, photo editor and staff photographer at Colors Magazine for 5 years. Abril’s projects are produced across platforms such as installations, books, web docs, and films. Her work has been shown wildy and published internationally and is held in private collections and museums, such as Musée de l’Elysée and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland, FRAC in France and MNAC or FotoColectania in Barcelona.


The book On Abortion and the repercussions of lack of access (Dewi Lewis, 2018) was the winner of the Aperture Best Book Award in 2018 as well as finalist of the prestigious Deutsche Börse in 2019. Abril is currently developing the next chapters, On Rape —recipient of the Visionary Award and the Magnum Fundation grant and the Genesis chapter On Mass Hysteria —nominee of the swiss Prix Elysée. Abril is currently based in Barcelona and represented by the parisian gallery Les Filles du Calvaire.