Laia Abril is a documentary photographer and researcher raised in Barcelona. After finishing her degree in Journalism and studied photography through different seminars -including at the ICP in NY-, she decided to focus her projects in telling intimate stories which raises uneasy realities related with femininity. In 2009 and 2010 she was a finalist of the Ian Parry, participating in the exhibition at the Getty Gallery, in London both years, first with her project on the young lesbian community in Brooklyn, and then with ‘Last Cabaret‘ about a sex club in Barcelona.
Parallel, in 2010, she started a long-term project on Eating Disorders. First Chapter: ‘A Bad day‘ was a multimedia focused in the daily like of a young girl struggling with bulimia. The piece has been featured internationally on several media and selected at the NY PhotoFestival 2011, 3rd Lumix PhotoFestival, PhotoMeeting Ojo de Pez 2012 or New York CUNY University in 2014, among others.
In 2012 she releases the self-publish fanzine, ‘Thinspiration‘, Second Chapter of the Eating Disorder’s series, which explores the use of photography in the Pro-Ana websites, highlighted by reviews and exhibited in many festivals worldwide. The photographic project was also finalist at the Burn Emerging Photography Fun in 2012, shortlisted at FotoVisura Grant 2012 and selected as a jury choice award at Santa Fe Center 2012. Most recently, has been exhibited in the show ‘From Here On‘ in Barcelona, Lodz FotoFestiwal 2013, Poland and in FotoEspaña 2014 in Madrid.
Abril’s most recent launched project is a on-going multimedia web-doc on the Asexuals Community, providing one more time a multi platform tools to photography as part of her femininity, gender and sexuality continuing research.
Two years ago she started a ‘book makers’ team with her colleague, the COLORS Art Director Ramon Pez. Together they edited, designed and produced internationally appraised and recognized books as ‘The Afronauts’. After publishing Thinspiration Fanzine; Pez and Abril created in 2013 their dummy ‘Tediousphilia‘ based on Abril’s sex webcame performer’s series, which ended up shortlisted in the Dummy Award 2013 and is now going to be published by Musée de l’Elysée in summer 2014.
Her work has been published in several media as The Sunday Times Magazine, D Repubblica, Le Monde, Ft Magazine, The New York Times, Burn Magazine, Ojo de Pez, BJP, GUP, Esquire or COLORS Magazine, where she had been Staff Photographer and Consultant Photo Editor since she enrolled FABRICA – the Artist Residency of the Benetton Research Centre in Italy – in 2009.
Her body of work has been exhibited and apprised mostly in Italy, Spain, Poland, London and New York. In 2010 she joined the agency Reportage by Getty as an emerging talent and was selected at Plat(t)form Winterthur Photo Museum 2012 in Switzerland and is being nominated to the Magnum Foundation and the Joop Swart Masterclass in 2014.