Pio Abad (b. 1983, Manila, the Philippines) Lives and works in London, United Kingdom
Pio Abad’s practice 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. 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 Art Basel Encounters, Hong Kong (2017); 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).
Frances Wadsworth Jones (b. 1983, London, United Kingdom) Lives and works in London, United Kingdom
Frances Wadsworth Jones is a jewelry designer, maker and educator. She received her MA in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewelry from the Royal College of Art in 2008. Recent projects include: Kiss the Hand You Cannot Bite, Kadist, San Francisco (2019); Fairest of the Fair, Bellas Artes Projects, Manila (2019); Make Wrong/Right/Now, the 2nd Honolulu Biennial (2019); Fabricate, Vitsoe, Munich Jewellery Week (2019); Rock Vault, London Fashion Week (2018); The Violet Crab, David Roberts Art Foundation (2015); Made in London: Jewellery Now, The Museum of London, (2014). Wadsworth Jones’ works are as eccentric as they are exquisite. From the surreal minutiae of nature rendered in 18-carat gold and gems, to pearl necklaces as portraiture, her distinct approach attempts to blur the boundaries between Design, Fashion, Art and Luxury to create works that defy both trend and expectations. At the core of her practice is an interest in subverting traditions of making and showing jewelry.