Thursday, Jan 24, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Under ‘natural’ circumstances, the average woman would get pregnant about 15 times in her life, resulting in ten births. Seven of those babies would survive childhood. For centuries, people have searched for ways to delay or terminate pregnancy. Today, safe and efficient means of abortion finally exist, yet women around the world continue to use ancient, illegal or risky home methods: every year, 47,000 women die from botched abortions.
Winner of the 2018 Paris Photo/Aperture Foundation Photobook of the Year Award, On Abortion is the first part of Laia Abril’s long-term project, A History of Misogyny. Abril documents and conceptualizes the dangers and damage caused by women’s lack of legal, safe and free access to abortion. She draws on the past to highlight the long, continuing erosion of women’s reproductive rights through to the present day, weaving together questions of ethics and morality, to reveal a staggering series of social triggers, stigmas, and taboos around abortion that have been largely invisible until now.