After seeing Laia's project at the photographers gallery in London the idea of being able to talk to her and to share with her my project was so nice that I was looking forward to it. It was a shame that she decided to no talk about her very last project and choose the most famous one as, as she later on said on the lecture, her projects are very close to her own emotional self and is normal to feel more tightly connected to it.
However, On Abortion is a magnificent project. Very ambitious. I think that knowing that Laia had a journalist background is very important as she already knew how to find the information, how to write, how to connect with people, how to spread the information, etc. She also has the vision of a photographer, so it was easer for her to picture the text and the images together, which I think is an amazing skill to have.
“On Abortion”: Laia Abril’s new long-term project A History of Misogyny is a visual researchundertaken through historical and contemporary comparisons. In her first chapter On Abortion (2016) Abril documents and conceptualises the dangers and damages caused by women’s lack of legal, safe and free access to abortion.Continuing with her painstaking research methodology, Abril draws on the past to highlight the long, continuous erosion of women’s reproductive rights to present-day. Her collection of visual, audio and textual evidence weaves a netof questions about ethics and morality, and reveals a staggering series of social triggers, stigmas, and taboos around abortion that have been invisible until now.
I think it’s amazing to travel to so many places. Meet all those women and give them and their voices a space for rebellion in art. Things need to change and the women telling their own stories and for us to listen the hell thorough they had to go, it should make us think and push in order to change the situation. Listening her to speak about this project also shows me that in order to create and amazing project is needed to cola with people. Someone who helps you to tell the story from a first hand information, someone who helps with the creation of a book, people who will help you to translate the text (because that’s also very important as it’s a relevant project worldwide)
Talking to her was a great pleasure and a bust of energy to keep using photography as a medium of changing injustices in a more approachable way for people.