Laia Abril – A History of Misogyny Chapter Two: On Rape


Laia Abril, A History of Misogyny Chapter Two: On Rape, CONTACT Gallery, September 24 – December 18, 2021. Courtesy of Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the artist, and Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Laia Abril
A History of Misogyny Chapter Two: On Rape

CONTACT Gallery, 80 Spadina Ave, Ste 205
On view Sep 24–Dec 18

Barcelona-based multidisciplinary artist Laia Abril produces formidable projects across platforms including exhibitions, books, and films. Abril’s work conveys intimate stories that raise uneasy questions and expose hidden realities related to sexuality, disordered eating, and gender equity. On Rape (2019) is the second chapter of her long-term project, A History of Misogyny, which examines the multifaceted social and cultural prohibitions and stereotypes that perpetuate the oppression of women around the world.

Curated by Bonnie Rubenstein

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Content Warning: This exhibition contains text and images related to sexual violence and may be triggering to some viewers.


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