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Pink Man in Paradise #5, (Pura Tanah Lot)
Pink Man in Paradise #5, (Pura Tanah Lot)

Manit’s Pink Man series originally began as a performance in 1997, played by fellow artist, performer Sompong Thavee. In the photographs, Pink Man, with his flashy empty pink shopping cart, is the embodiment of the never satisfied, self-centred consumer searching for fulfilment in a capitalist world. Like most tourists today, he yearns for a consumer’s paradise, as he travels through history and geography, only interested in collecting exotic destinations, shopping, and showing off.

C-print photograph
90 x 109.5 cm
Credit Line:
Collection of ILHAM Foundation
© Manit Sriwanichpoom
About Manit Sriwanichpoom

Born in 1961 in Thailand, Manit has been documenting political change, globalization, and the question of what Thailand was, is, and what it will become. Before focusing on his artistic practice, he established himself as a photojournalist, acclaimed for “capturing truth” with his camera. But as an artist, he has sought to go beyond such surface truths and surface aesthetics to better understand and reveal what he calls “emotional truth”. He is known for his socio-political criticism, particularly of Thai consumerism and capitalism. Together with his filmmaker wife, Ing K, they established Kathmandu Gallery, a leading photography gallery and bookshop in Bangkok. After some of their films were banned by the government, they opened their own cinema in 2018.