Laia Abril wins Foam Paul Huf Award 2020

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Abril wins the prestigious prize for her long term project The History of Misogyny

Laia Abril has been announced as the 14th winner of the Foam Paul Huf Award, a prize given annually to a photographer under the age of 35. The Spanish photographer wins for her long term project The History of Misogyny, from which she submitted Chapter one: On Abortionand Chapter two: On Rape.

Abril was selected out of 95 artists, chosen by 30 international nominators, including British Journal of Photography editorial director Simon Bainbridge. The final jury comprised of Elena Navarro (founder of FOTOMÉXICO), Yasufumi Nakamori (Curator at Tate Modern), Joachim Naudts (curator at FOMU), Jenny Smets (independent curator), and Hans Gremmen (founder of Fw:Books).

The jury report states: “[Abril’s] perseverance in working on the long term research of her ongoing project… is admirable. The result of her efforts to visualise these difficult subjects needs to be seen by an audience as large as possible.”

The photographer will receive a cash price of €20,000 and a solo exhibition at Foam, Amsterdam. Her work will also be published in the annual Talent issue of Foam Magazine, and will be included in the touring group exhibition, Foam Talent. Past winners of the prize include Eric Gyamfi, Daniel SheaDaisuke Yokota and Pieter Hugo.

Marigold Warner

Marigold Warner joined the British Journal Photography in April 2018, and currently holds the position of Online Editor. She studied English Literature and History of Art at the University of Leeds, followed by an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London. Her work has been published by titles including the Telegraph Magazine, Huck, Gal-dem, Disegno, and the Architects Journal.