Program 2016

Laia Abril

Spain (1986)



Book Award

In 1853, Manuel Blanco Romasanta was tried for the murder of 17 people: he confesses to nine of them but declares himself not guilty because he was suffering from a curse that turned him into a wolf. More than 150 years later, this case still haunts the collective memory in Spain and baffles criminologists, psychologists and historians. According to recent theories, the killer, who was named Manuela at the time of his birth and raised  as a girl until the age of 6, might have suffered from female pseudo-hermaphroditism. The Catalan artist reinterprets the legend of Romasanta in the light of the presumed intersexuality of the murderer. Produced with the support of the Book Award, Lobismuller immerses us in a photographic world steeped in ambiguity, in which male and female, science and magic and folklore and historical facts are all jumbled up.

Editorial RM (Mexico/Barcelone) and the Festival Images Vevey copublish a book that is part of this work

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