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Pio Abad Mines Philippine History in 'Kiss the Hand'

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Pio Abad, a selection from the series 'Untitled (Bolerium),' 2019. (Courtesy of the artist and KADIST)

After three months in residence researching Bay Area narratives of exile and displacement, London-based and Manila-born artist Pio Abad debuts a newly commissioned body of work that ties the history of the Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos (and his famously shoe-loving wife Imelda) to contemporary ideas in American politics. Abad’s work often manifests as domestic accessories, so be on the lookout for objects that are simultaneously compelling and embedded with hidden or overlooked histories. —Sarah Hotchkiss


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