Is It Morning For You Yet?58th Carnegie International


Pio Abad

Pio Abad (b. 1983, Manila; lives in London) is concerned with the social and political signification of things. Deeply informed by the modern history of the Philippines, where the artist was born and raised, his work 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. 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. He has recently exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Jameel Art Centre, Dubai; Kadist, San Francisco; 2nd Honolulu Biennial; 12th Gwangju Biennale; Moscow Museum of Modern Art; Kadist, Paris; Para Site, Hong Kong; Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney.

a letter carved into marble
Pio Abad, Thoughtful Gifts (October 20, 1988), 2020, laser engraving on Carrara marble, 13 × 10 × 13⁄16 in., Courtesy of the artist