Asia

Pio Abad
Untitled (Inventory)

In his practice, Pio Abad looks into the social and political significance of objects usually consigned to the sidelines of history. Abad uses different media such as textile, drawing, installation and photography, and employs strategies of appropriation to extract alternative readings and repressed historical events. Abad ties threads of complicity between events, ideologies and people. His artworks glide seamlessly between these histories, enacting quasi-fictional combinations with their leftovers and weaving together threads of complicity between events, ideologies and people. Pio Abad 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. His work has been exhibited in solo shows at the Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow (2016); 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney (2016); and Gasworks, London (2014).