Laia Abril: Research, Narratives, and Platforms

Saturday and Sunday, March 28–29, 2020
11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. both days
The New School
New York, NY
Laia Abril On Abortion

Join artist Laia Abril for a two-day workshop to learn the best strategies and practices to use when developing a long-term project. Abril, whose research-based work revolves around the conceptualization and interpretation of facts, will teach participants how to enhance the investigation and construction of a photographic narrative.

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 different platforms. Examples of her work methodology will encourage participants to think laterally about their own projects.

This workshop will also look at how a combination of different media—such as photography, design, text, film, and illustration—can transform an idea into a wider artistic project. Participants will think about how a body of work can take shape in various forms, whether as a photobook, editorial piece, or exhibition. Participants are encouraged to bring an existing body of work, book mock-up, or installation proposal that they would like to evolve beyond the scope of photography. Participants that have projects or ideas at an earlier stage will focus on developing a research plan for the work.


Participants will be asked to bring a body of work, either in progress or finished. You can bring the work as prints, digital files, in book form, as an exhibition proposal, etc.

Laia Abril (born in Barcelona, 1986) is a multidisciplinary artist working in photography, text, video, and sound. Abril focuses on photography that raises uneasy and hidden realities related to sexuality, eating disorders, and gender equality. Her projects are produced across various media, such as installations, books, web docs, and films. Her work has been shown widely and published internationally. She has published several monographs—the highly acclaimed The Epilogue (2014) was shortlisted for the Paris Photo–Aperture First PhotoBook Award, Kassel Photobook Award, and PHotoE SPAÑA Best Photography Book of the Year Award. After completing her five-year project On Eating Disorders in 2015, Abril embarked on a new long-term project, A History of Misogyny. Its first chapter, “On Abortion,” was first exhibited at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2016, and was the first recipient of the Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro. Her book On Abortion: And the Repercussions of Lack of Access (2018) won the 2018 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook of the Year Award, and was a finalist in the 2019 Deutsche Borse Photography Foundation Prize. Abril is currently developing the next chapters. She lives and works in Barcelona.


Regular tuition for this workshop is $500 and includes lunch and light refreshments. 

Currently enrolled students and Aperture Members receive a 10% discount on workshop tuition. Please contact [email protected] for a discount code. Students will need to provide proper documentation of enrollment.



Registration ends on Wednesday, March 20, 2020.

Contact [email protected] with any questions.



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Aperture workshops are intended for adults 18 years or older.

If the workshop includes lunch, attendees are asked to notify Aperture at the time of registration regarding any special dietary requirements. Please contact us at [email protected].

If participants choose to purchase Aperture publications during the workshop, they will receive a 20% discount. Aperture Members of all levels will receive a 30% discount.


Aperture reserves the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any educational course or part thereof, and to use the resulting photographs and videos for promotional purposes.
By booking a workshop with Aperture Foundation, participants agree to allow their likenesses to be used for promotional purposes and in media; participants who prefer that their likenesses not be used are asked to identify themselves to Aperture staff.


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Please act responsibly when using any equipment provided by Aperture or when in the presence of books, prints, etc. belonging to other participants or the instructor(s). We recommend that refreshments be kept at a safe distance from all such objects.


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