This issue explores the role of responsibility in the process of photography. Many questions are raised in this issue: how do we portray our deepest wounds? What is the significance of vulnerability in the creation of photographs? How can we ensure that the violence of the world is not repeated through the violence of images?
This issue of The Eyes features a variety of works and books by artists who all represent, in their own way, a practice of “photographic care”. The works address subjects as diverse as colonial wars, natural disasters, sexual and gender violence, and disability. Texts and interviews with researchers and artists broaden the reflection on this subject, which is as yet little discussed.
Laia Abril is a research-based artist working with photography, text and sound. After graduating in journalism and working as an editor at the magazine Colors, she focused on developing long-term projects on uneasy and hidden realities about women’s rights, grief and bio-politics.
She is the author of several books: The Epilogue (2014, Dewi Lewis); Lobismuller (2016, RM); On Abortion (2018, Dewi Lewis), which was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize and was the winner of the Paris Photo – Aperture PhotoBook Awards; and On Rape (Dewi Lewis, 2022). Her installations have been exhibited in more than 15 countries and are part of collections such as the Centre Pompidou, FRAC, Musée de l’Elysée, Fotomuseum Winterthur, MoCP and MNAC.
Her career has been recognized with the Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro – Arles, the Hood Medal in London and the Foam Paul Huf Award in Amsterdam, among others. She is based in Barcelona and is represented by the Parisian gallery Les Filles du Calvaire.
Historian of photography and member of the editorial board of The Eyes
THE ORGANIC METHOD
Artist, researcher and guest curator of The Eyes #13
Daniela Vicherat Mattar
Care expert, associate professor of sociology at Leiden University in The Hague.
HOW WOULD YOU CONSIDER AFTERCARE IN YOUR WORK ?
The artists published in the magazine give their views on the notion of aftercare in their artistic practice.
Ana Vallejo, Hayley Millar Baker, Hoda Afshar, Kitra Cahana, Margo Ovcharenko, Max Pinckers, Robert Andy Coombs, Masina & Gal, Jérémie Danon.
NETWORKS OF MUTUAL CARE
A conversation between the two artists, Carmen Winant and Laia Abril
Letizia Lopreiato x Laia Abril
Federica Chiocchetti proposes in these pages a dialogue between the unpublished images of Laia Abril and the poet Letizia Lopreiato.
12 Artists PORTFOLIOS
Robert Andy Coombs
Masina & Gal
Hayley Millar Baker
9 books Portfolios
Sick in Bed, Cheryl Newman
Midlife, Elinor Carucci
Dry, Abdo Shanan
Licking War Wounds, Andrii Dostliev & Lia Dostlieva
Jardin de mi Padre, Luis Carlos Tovar
Small Wars, An-My Le
The Restoration Will, Mayumi Suzuki
Faire Face. Histoires de violences conjugales, Camille Gharbi
Where my Heart Settles Down, Wang Yingying
They talk about it
The Eyes #11
Photography. Gender. Transition. Carte Blanche to SMITH & PITON