Horror in Pink #5

About Manit Sriwanichpoom

Manit Sriwanichpoom could be considered a political activist who uses photography and video to express his views. In 1998, Sriwanichpoom created his Pink Man, which would become the iconic figure in his artwork. Played by the artist’s friend and poet Sompong Thawee, the Pink Man is a character dressed in a pink silk suit with matching pink objects, like shopping carts or balloons, who looks equally impassively at the touristic monuments of Bangkok and scenes of public violence in Sriwanichpoom’s staged images. Sriwanichpoom also produced a series of six works titled “This Bloodless War” (1997) that re-create iconic photojournalistic images from the Vietnam War and the bombing of Nagasaki in Japan. One work in the series is based on Nit Ut’s infamous 1972 photograph of a girl fleeing a napalm attack, recast with contemporary figures carrying brand name shopping bags.

Thai, b. 1961, Bangkok, Thailand

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Fear, Yavuz Gallery, Singapore

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Shapeshifting: Contemporary Art From Southeast Asia, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Chai Wan
2013
Subjective Truth, Contemporary Art from Thailand, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong