SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Elusive Inventories: An Artist Talk with Pio Abad

Pio Abad

Date: 14 November 2019Time: 5:15 PM

Finishes: 14 November 2019Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B101

Type of Event: Seminar

Pio Abad’s practise 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.
Since 2011, Abad has been working on a project entitled The Collection of Jane Ryan & William Saunders that explores the cultural legacy of Philippine dictators Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos. The title is in reference to the false identities, Jane Ryan and William Saunders, the couple used to open four bank accounts at Credit Suisse, Zurich in 1968; bank accounts used to conceal large amounts of the couple’s wealth. Reproducing objects from the Marcoses’ lavish inventory of commissioned portraits, Regency silverware, Old Master paintings and jewellery, the project allows access to an inventory that has remained invisible and performs an act of historical accountability that has remained elusive.

About the Speaker: 

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. He has recently exhibited at Jameel Art Centre, Dubai (2019); Kadist, San Francisco (2019); the 2nd Honolulu Biennial, Hawaii (2019); the 12th Gwangju Biennial (2018); 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).

Organiser: Pamela Corey

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