Lives and Works: London
Working across sculpture, installation, photography and print, Pio Abad’s practice is concerned with the study of history and its attendant acts of commemoration, speculation and revision. His artwork glides seamlessly between historical events, enacting quasi-fictional combinations with their leftovers. Often unravelling official accounts, he employs strategies of appropriation to reveal the social and political implications of objects and draw out associations between other incidents, moments and people.
Born in 1983, Abad grew up in Manila, Philippines and lives and works in London. He 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. Abad was a finalist for the Ateneo Art Awards 2013, the Whitechapel Gallery/Dazed and Confused Emerging Artist Award 2012 and a recipient of the Deutsche Bank Art Awards. Recent solo exhibitions include: Some Are Smarter Than Others, Gasworks, London (2014), The Collection of Jane Ryan and William Saunders, Jorge B. Vargas Museum, Manila (2014), and For Anti-Imperialist Solidarity, Peace and Friendship, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2013). His group exhibitions include: Pre-pop to Post-human: Collage in the Digital Age, A Hayward Touring Exhibition (2014); Market Forces: The Friction of Opposites, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong (2013); A Conspiracy of Detail, Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow (2013); London; Glasgow International 2012 and London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2012).
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