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Pio Abad (b. 1983, Manila, lives and works in London) began his art studies at the University of the Philippines before receiving a BA from Glasgow School of Art and an MA from the Royal Academy Schools, London. He has exhibited at Gasworks, London; Zabludowicz Collection, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow; e-flux, New York City; Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; the University of the Philippines Jorge B. Vargas Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) Manila. 

Pio Abad’s practice is concerned with the social and political signi!cation of things. His work, in a range of media including textiles, drawing, installation and photography, uses strategies of appropriation to mine alternative or repressed historical events, unravel official accounts and draw out threads of complicity between incidents, ideologies and people. Often taking on the form of domestic accessories, Abad’s artworks glide seamlessly between these histories, enacting 


A Short History of Decay, 2015
The Collection of Jane Ryan & William Saunders, 2014
The Bold Sopranos , 2014
Every Tool Is A Weapon If You Hold It Right, 2013


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2014 Ateneo Art Awards shortlists announced
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by Jasmine Agnes T. Cruz

FOR THE FIRST TIME, art critics will be honored at the Ateneo Art Awards this year. Six of them joined the 12 artists on the short lists announced by the Ateneo Art Gallery this week

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