Manit Sriwanichpoom: Phenomena & Prophecies
The curious nature of the contemporary society is that while it is overwhelmed by attestable information, it also features countless manipulated data and stories, such that consumers end up yielding to and even entertained by the disguised reality. Renowned contemporary photographer Manit Sriwanichpoom presents social history through a photographic language that seems concrete and tangible, but in fact exaggerates the scale of the stories retold in the each photograph. The images lay bare the frailty of truth, and explore the photographer’s precarious artistic role by threading a thin line between creating and revealing the truth, composing and recording history.
About the Artist
Although his strongest work includes gritty black and white beauty and realism, Thai photo-artist Manit Sriwanichpoom is best known internationally for his iconic ‘Pink Man’ series, his high gloss comment on contemporary Asian aspirations. His selected shows include the Venice Biennale, Photo Espana, Bienal de Sao Paulo, International Photography Biennale (Mexico), Pingyao International Photography Festival (China), Gwangju Biennale (Korea), and at the Hayward Gallery (UK) and the Photographer’s Gallery (UK). Solo shows include ‘The Lambs of God’ at Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (Australia); ‘Bangkok in Pink’ at the Yokohama Museum of Art; ‘Pink Man in Paradise’ at Monash University (Australia) and ‘Beijing Pink’ at the Highland Gallery (Beijing). His works are in the collections of important institutions such as the Maison Europeenne de la Phtographie (Paris), the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, the Singapore Art Museum, the Queensland Art Gallery (Australia) and well-known private collectors. In 2002, Phaidon Press picked him as one of the world’s 100 most interesting emerging photographers in their book BLINK. He also received the Higashikawa Photo Prize of the year 2007 from Japan.