Photographs and text by Laia Abril
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Shortlisted for The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards - First PhotoBook - 2014.
This is the story of the Robinson family – and the aftermath of losing their 26 year-old daughter to bulimia
Working closely with the family Laia Abril explores the dilemmas and struggles confronted by many young girls and their families; the problems families face in dealing with both their sense of guilt and the grieving process; the frustration of close friends and the dark ghosts of this deadliest of illnesses; all blended together in the bittersweet act of remembering a loved one.
Cammy Robinson’s life story is reconstructed through flashbacks – memories, testimonies, objects, letters, places and images. The Epilogue gives voice to the suffering of the family, the indirect victims of ‘eating disorders’, the unwilling eyewitnesses of a very painful degeneration.
Laia Abril has been working on projects concerned with what she refers to as the ‘world epidemic of eating disorders’ since 2010. A Bad Day is a multimedia piece attempting to demystify the taboos of bulimia: Thinspiration a fanzine analyzing the new visual language of pro-anorexia advocates. In The Epilogue she draws her work to a conclusion.
Laia Abril is a documentary photographer, journalist and ‘maker of books’ raised in Barcelona. Her work has been published widely in, amongst others, The Sunday Times Magazine, D Repubblica, Ojo de Pez, Le Monde, FT, PDN, Burn, Esquire etc. She is a member of the editorial team at COLORS Magazine. Her projects have been exhibited 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 PhotoMuseum 2012. More recently was a finalist at the Burn Emerging Fund (2012), shortlisted for Fotovisura Grant (2013) and nominated to the Magnum Foundation.
7 1/2 x 10 inches