Pio Abad

Bio

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 recently exhibited at Honolulu Biennial, Hawaii (2019); Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2018); Art Basel Encounters, Hong Kong (2017); Para Site, Hong Kong (2017); Kadist, Paris (2017); Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (2016); 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney (2016); EVA International Biennial, Limerick (2016); e-flux, New York City (2015); Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong (2015); Museum of Contemporary Art and Design Manila (2015); Gasworks, London (2014) and Jorge B. Vargas Museum, Manila (2014).

Pio Abad’s practice is concerned with the social and political signification 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 quasi-fictional combinations with their leftovers.

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 recently exhibited at Honolulu Biennial, Hawaii (2019); Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2018); Art Basel Encounters, Hong Kong (2017); Para Site, Hong Kong (2017); Kadist, Paris (2017); Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (2016); 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney (2016); EVA International Biennial, Limerick (2016); e-flux, New York City (2015); Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong (2015); Museum of Contemporary Art and Design Manila (2015); Gasworks, London (2014) and Jorge B. Vargas Museum, Manila (2014).

Pio Abad’s practice is concerned with the social and political signification 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 quasi-fictional combinations with their leftovers.

Selected Works

Selected Works

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Notes on Decomposition (Lot 157)
2021
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ink and gouache on paper
23.39h x 16.54w in • 59.40h x 42w cm (each)
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Notes on Decomposition (Lot 394)
2021
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Ink and gouache on heritage woodfree paper
23.39h x 16.54w in • 59.4h x 42w cm (diptych) (each) (unframed) 24.21h x 17.44w in • 61.5h x 44.30w cm (diptych) (each) (framed)
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Notes on Decomposition No. 14
2019
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ink on Heritage Woodfree Paper
31.50h x 15.75w in • 80h x 40w cm
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Oh! Oh! Oh! (A Universal History of Iniquity)
2019
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installation
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Every Tool is a Weapon if You Hold it Right I
2013
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acid dye print on silk twill
39.37 X 39.37 on • 100 x 100 cm
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Malakas at Maganda
2014
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Some Are Smarter Than Others
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Thirty-eight pieces of royal silverware…
2014
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Some Are Smarter Than Others
Gasworks
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A Short History of Decay VI
2015
866
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ink on paper
54.02h x 40w in • 137.20h x 101.60w cm
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Not a Shield, but a Weapon
2016
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180 black purses
291.34h x 263.78w x 9.84d in • 740h x 670w x 25d cm
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Notes on Decomposition I
2016
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ink on heritage woodfree paper
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Every Tool is a Weapon if You Hold it Right XL
2017
870
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unique acid dye print on hand-stitched silk twill
39.37h x 39.37w in • 100h x 100w cm
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Decoy I
2014
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CCTV camera, shells
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COUNTERNARRATIVES IX
2017
872
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unique acid dye print on hand-stitched silk twill
39.37h x 78.74w in • 100h x 200w cm
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Every Tool Is A Weapon If You Hold It Right XLI
2018
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unique acid dye print on hand-stitched silk twill
100h x 100w cm • 39.37h x 39.37w in
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Kiss the Hand You Cannot Bite
2019
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Kadist
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Selected Exhibitions

Selected Press

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