August 4, 2023

Pacita Abad @ Hyperallergic

What is most remarkable about the life and work of Filipina artist Pacita Abad? The expansive catalogue thataccompanies the artist’s career-spanning survey exhibition at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Pacita Abad,explores many potential answers to this question.

Certainly remarkable is the singular course charted from Abad’s birth in 1946 in Basco, Batanes, the northernmost island of the Philippines. She was brought up in a political family, threatened by the rise to power of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, leading her to organize student protests as she began studying law. After her family’s house was targeted in an armed attack, her parents urged her to leave Manila to finish her degree in Spain. Abad stopped over in San Francisco where she witnessed the peak of the 1960s counter-culture movement.

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