“1975 – 2015” at the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in Sydney is the first Australian exhibition of Manila-born, London-based artist Pio Abad, whose practice focuses on using domestic objects to address historical narratives that have been sidelined by official accounts.
“1975 – 2015” investigates the function of such objects in political action, expanding Abad’s ongoing engagement with the so-called “conjugal dictatorship” of the Philippines’ ex-president Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda.
The exhibition is contextualized within a historical framework that begins with the evacuation of US troops from Saigon in 1975 and ends with a body of work from 2015, exploring various other conflicts — from post-Marcos Philippines to the Balkans crisis of the 1990s — along the way.
4A’s director Mikala Tai said: “Abad’s appropriation of everyday objects invites us to reassess our understandings and expectations of contemporary Philippines. [...] Beyond the nation’s borders, Abad’s work presents a Philippines embedded in the sociopolitical milieu of South East Asia, but also one that is infinitely global.”
See what Pio Abad had to say about “1975 – 2015” in the video above.
“Pio Abad: 1975 – 2015” runs through July 9 at the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.