Feminicides. Laia Abril

New Exhibition: "Feminicides by Laia Abril.

Around 66,000 women and girls are violently murdered every year in the world. “Femicide” is generally defined as the murder of a woman due to the fact of being woman. One of the most common forms of these crimes - intimate femicide, are carried out by their partners: husband, ex-husband, boyfriend or ex-boyfriend; adding 35% of the murders of women globally. In 2018, the Gender Observatory of the General Council of the Spanish Judicial Power declared that it would include all the victims of sexist violence in its statistics - not only those committed by couples or ex-partners , a calculation that could double the official figures that shows that more than 900 women in the last 15 years.

Feminicides is an audio-visual installation that aims to reflect the female genocide that is taking place in the world. Each piece focuses on a year, a country and its number of victims, representing a monument to those eliminated women just for the simple fact of being women. Femenicides is part of the long-term project of the artist Laia Abril, A History of Misogyny, a visual and conceptual investigation carried out through historical and contemporary comparisons about the present history of misogyny.

Abril's current work revolves around conceptualization and interpretation of facts, working with photography, video and mixed media installations. Her ongoing long-term project A History of Misogyny involves a multitude of visual research that entails historical and contemporary comparisons. Its first chapter, On Abortion, documents and highlights the repercussions of women’s lack of legal, safe and free access to abortion. First shown at Les Rencontres d’Arles 2016 and awarded the Prix Madame Figaro, the project utilizes Abril's signature approach to weave a net of questions around issues of ethics and morality.

Laia Abril is a multidisciplinary artist. Her work has been shown internationally and is held in major private and public collections such as Musée de l’Elysée, Winterthur Museum, FRAC and MNAC. Abril is the author of Thinspiration (self-published, 2012), Tediousphilia (Musée de l’Elysée, 2014), The Epilogue (Dewi Lewis, 2014) shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture First Book Award, Kassel PhotoBook Festival, Photo España Best Book Award, Lobismuller (RM, 2016) recipient of the Images Book Award and On Abortion (Dewi Lewis, 2017) ICP-Infinity Award nominee. Laia Abril is represented by Les Filles du Calvaire Gallery.

OPENING: 16th March 7pm 

EXHIBITION: 17th to 24th March

Homesession: C/Creu dels Molers, 15. Barcelona (Spain)