Carlo Acerden Gabuco

Visual Artist / Photographer


Carlo Gabuco, 35, is a visual artist and freelance photographer based in Manila, Philippines.

His photographs as well as his paintings focus on human rights and development issues, as well as daily life in the Philippines. He covered the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and continues his coverage of the Philippine drug war. He has worked with Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, and has been published in both local and international publications including the BBC, Time, National Geographic, Cicero Magazine and Der Spiegel.

His paintings and photographs have been exhibited across South East Asia. He is the photojournalist behind Rappler’s ongoing Impunity Series.  





Selected Work

License to kill, Human Rights Watch, New York, March 2017

President Duterte and the Death Squads: Der Spiegel, Germany, February 2017

Hand in Hand, Amnesty Journal, Amnesty International, Germany, January 2017

Man kann nicht alle töten, Der Spiegel, Germany, January 2017

Er Bestimmt Wen Wir Töten, Cicero, Germany, November 2016

Kill Them All, Der Spiegel, Germany, August 2016

The Philippines Drug War: The woman who kills dealers for a living, BBC, United Kingdom, August 2017

The Impunity Series, Rappler, Philippines, August 2016 – February 2017

Land of the Mourning, Esquire Philippines, December 2013


Solo Exhibitions

2014: Within Minutes. Finale Art File, Makati, Philippines

2013: ...because the world failed to end. Finale Art File, Makati, Philippines 

2011: Subdued, Now Gallery, Philippines; Quagmire, Finale Art File, The Artesan Gallery + Studio, Singapore 

2010: Stranger, House of Matahati (HOM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2009: Post-Mortem, Finale Art File, Pasong-tamo, Makati City, Philippines 

2008 :Point-Blank, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines

Selected Group Exhibitions

P+: IPA Filipino Photographers Showcase, IPA Gallery, Singapore;
Sublime, Manila Contemporary, Philippines;
CUT 2012, New Photography from Southeast Asia, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore; Reflections, South Korea; Plastic Syndrome, Art Space Plastic, Incheon, South Korea, Tenggara Contemporary paintings from Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines, Liverpool, England;
Artriangle, Soka Gakkai, Malaysia;
XII, Filipino, Contemporary Artists, Finale Art File, Artesan Gallery, Singapore


2008: HOM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Using Format