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How do you use research as the basis for art projects and new forms of expression in documentary photography? Multidisciplinary artist Laia Abril has built herself as a feminist with a unique conceptual form of expression using a work methodology based in research and journalistic methods – sign up for this exciting workshop and get the opportunity to learn from Laia Abril!

Already in her twenties, the engaged female photographer Laia Abril marked herself with a number of photo projects related to topics such as sexuality, eating disorders and gender equality. Abril is known for her in-depth research and conceptualization of difficult themes, which has made her internationally recognized with both solo exhibitions and a number of photo books.

In her work process, Abril uses journalistic method as the starting point for conceptualized art, which gives her the opportunity to work on themes in several series. An example of this is her ongoing long-term project “A History of Misogyny” that addresses a number of aspects of women’s oppression, both historically and in a contemporary perspective. The project consists of several parts, including a chapter on abortion, a chapter on menstruation and an ongoing chapter on rape.

Her works crosses several genres all in one – the starting point are in many ways documentary, while the form is conceptual, in response to a need to convey stories that are not so easily documented or visualized.

 “There are so many stories, and it was important to find ways of counting them visually. The image of the handcuffs is a reconstruction because, of course, I was not present. No one was. The stories are true, the research is journalistic, the imagery is sometimes imaginative and sometimes documentary. ”- Laia Abril, interview with The Guardian

About the workshop

This workshop led by Laia Abril aims to provide participants a series of tools and strategies to enhance the investigation and construction of their narratives within their own projects. Abril’s work research-based revolves around conceptualization and interpretation of facts, working with photography, video and mixed media installations.

Trained as a journalist and through her experience as a photographer, bookmaker and art director, Abril has developed a collaborative creative method to construct, analyze and refine narratives across a number of platforms. Examples of her work methodology will act as triggers for participants to think laterally about their own projects.

The workshop also considers how a combination of different media such as photography, design, text, film or illustration can transform an idea into a wider artistic project. Participants are encouraged to bring to the workshop an existing body of work, a book mock-up or installation proposal that they would like to evolve beyond the scope of photography.

Projects or ideas at an earlier stage could focus more on the generation of a research work plan rather than analyzing and editing the existing content.



About Laia:

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 to sexuality, eating disorders and gender equality.

In 2009 she enrolled in a 5-year 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 and MNAC in Barcelona.

More recently she has been awarded the Revelación Photo España Award, Fotopress Grant and Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro for her exhibition at Les Rencontres d’Arles (2016) A History of Misogyny, chapter one: On Abortion. After completing her five-year project On Eating Disorders, Abril has embarked on the new long-term project, A History of Misogyny. Its first chapter On Abortion was published by Dewi Lewis on 2017; and now she is currently developing a second chapter, On Rape Culture, together with a series of different series and installations under the umbrella of A History of Misogyny.


Program for the weekend:

Friday 26th 

12:30: Artist talk Laia Abril

14:00-20:00: Workshop day 1

Saturday 27th

10:00 – 18:00 Workshop day 2

Sunday 28th

Individual working day – the school is open for participants who wants to use the facilities

Monday 29th

08:30 – 16:00 Workshop day 3 – feedback & wrap up

Practical information 


26th to 29th of April 2019

Bilder Nordic School of Photography, Nedre Vollgate 8, Oslo

3800 NOK

Max. number of participants