Prognostics lecture: Laia Abril
Notice! Lecture is held at ExClub, entrance from the corner of Merimiehenkatu/Telakkakatu
Artist Talk: Laia Abril – On Abortion
Today, safe and efficient means of abortion exist, yet 47,000 women die due to botched abortions, every year. Laia Abril's most recent project On Abortion documents and conceptualizes these dangers and damages caused by women's lack of legal, safe and free access to abortion. As she weaves her net of questions around ethics and morality, Abril also creates a series of meditative visual and textual manifestations of the social triggers, stigmas, and taboos around abortion that have remained invisible until now.
Laia Abril (Barcelona, 1986) is a multidisciplinary artist working with photography, text, video and sound. After graduating from college with a degree in Journalism she moved to New York to attend photography courses at the ICP. There she decided to focus on telling intimate stories which raises uneasy and hidden realities related with sexuality, eating disorders and gender equality. In 2009 she enrolled in a 5-years artist residency at FABRICA, the Benetton Research Centre in Treviso, Italy, where she worked as a creative editor and staff photographer at COLORS magazine.
Abril’s projects are produced across platforms as installations, books, web docs, and films. Her work has been shown internationally in the United States, Canada, the UK, China, Poland, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Turkey, Greece, France, Italy and Spain. Her works are held in private collections and museums, such as Musée de l’Elysée and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland, FRAC in France or MNAC in Barcelona.
Abril’s project A History of Misogyny, Chapter One: On Abortion (2016, ongoing) is presented as part of the Festival of Political Photography 2019, at the Finnish Museum of Photography in Helsinki. Exhibition is open until 26th of May. https://www.valokuvataiteenmuseo.fi/en/exhibitions/potentiality
Prognostics lectures map new areas of art, which challenge established forms of art, exhibition methods, and shake up societal norms and political thinking. Prognostics lecture series is supported by Saastamoinen Foundation.
Prognostics lecture series
28.2. Jenni Laiti
26.3. Ragna Bley
16.4. Laia Abril
28.5. Marina Vishmidt