MANIT SRIWANICHPOOM
b. 1961, Bangkok, Thailand. Lives and works in Bangkok.

Manit Sriwanichpoom is one of Thailand’s leading photographic artists, as well as one of Southeast Asia’s most internationally exhibited. He is best known for his still-ongoing Pink Man series, begun in post-Asian Crisis Thailand of the late 1990s. Operating as an ironic and sometimes pathos-injected critique of consumer culture in Thailand and wider Asia, Pink Man probes Thailand’s social concerns and erased histories of recent decades. Other series, including the iconic black and white Waiting for the King (Standing & Sitting) of 2006, provide a critical examination of Thai national institutions. Sriwanichpoom is particularly interested in Thai history and his country’s political development of the last few decades. Appropriating others’ images as well as using his own photographs as documents, he has created an original body of work that reveals Thailand in all her contemporary socio-political complexity.

Biography

Manit Sriwanichpoom (b. 1961) is one of Thailand’s leading photographic artists, as well as one of Southeast Asia’s most internationally exhibited. He is best known for his still-ongoing Pink Man series, begun before the Asian Crisis of the late 1990s.

Operating as an ironic and sometimes pathos-injected critique of consumer culture in Thailand and wider Asia, Pink Man probes Thailand’s social concerns and erased histories of recent decades. Other series, including the iconic black and white Waiting for the King (Standing & Sitting) of 2006, provide a critical examination of Thai national institutions. Manit is particularly interested in Thai history and his country’s political development of the last few decades. Appropriating others’ images as well as using his own photographs as documents, Manit has created an original body of work that reveals Thailand in all her contemporary socio-political complexity. Manit has participated in a number of prominent international exhibitions including Cities on the Move and the 2003 Venice Biennale. He is the 2007 recipient of Japan’s prestigious Higashikawa Overseas Photographer Award. Manit is represented in the Singapore Art Museum, The Queensland Art Gallery, and the Koc Foundation, Istanbul, among others. He lives and works in Bangkok.



EDUCATION
1984  
BA Visual Art, Srinakharinvirot University, Bangkok

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014   

Blue, Adler Subhashok Gallery, Bangkok, THAILAND

2012  
Obscene, H Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

2010  
Phenomena & Prophecies, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

2008  
The Lambs of God, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia
Ordinary/Extraordinary, Place M, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

2007  
Man in Pink, Galerie VU’, Paris, France

2006  
Beijing Pink, Highland Gallery, Beijing, China     

2002  
Bangkok in Pink, the Gallery, Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan  


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015   

Thailand Eye, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Asia Contemporary Art Exhibition, Jeonbuk Museum of Art, KOREA

2015   

DongGang International Photo Festival, KOREA

2014   

The Roving Eye, ARTER, Istanbul, TURKEY

Struggles, Getxo Photo Festival, SPAIN

Utopian Days – Freedom, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, KOREA

2013   

Concept Context Contestation, Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, THAILAND

2012  
Making History, RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt, Germany

2011  
Negotiating Home, History and Nation: Two decades of contemporary art in Southeast Asia 1991 – 2011, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Idols and Icons new photography form Southeast Asia and the Middle East, Yavuz Fine Art, Singapore
Cross-Scape, ASEAN – Korea Contemporary Media Art Exhibition, Seoul, Korea

2010  
Dreamlands, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Asia Spectrum, Daegu Photo Biennale, Korea  
Classic Contemporary, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

2009  
The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Asia: Exchanging Looks, Galerie Zola / Cite du Livre, Aix-en-Provence, France
1st Dali International Photography Exhibition, Kunming, Yunnan, China

2008  
Beasts, Breasts & Beauty, Contemporary Southeast Asian Art from a Private Collection, Alliance Française, Singapore
Photo Phnom Penh Festival I, Cambodia

2007  
Photoquai, the World Visual Arts Biennale, Musee du Quai Branly, Paris, France
Festival du Scoop, Angers, France
Act of Faith, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen, Netherlands
Asia - Europe Mediations, Poznan National Museum, Poland
Thermocline of Art - New Asian Waves, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
So Close / So Far Away, CRAC ALSACE, Altkirch, France

2006  
Fever Variations, 6th Gwangju Biennale, Korea

2005
Neo-Nationalism, The Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

2004  
Resistance, Chobi Mela III, Dhaka, Bangladesh  

2003  
Next Move, Contemporary Art from Thailand, Earl Lu Gallery, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore
Thai Pavillion, 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Global Details, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen, Netherlands

2001  
1st China Pingyao International Photography Festival, Shanxi, China
Quatre de Bangkok, PhotoEspana, Madrid, Spain
The Promise of Photography, DZ Bank, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany

2000  
Images of the World, Station, Copenhagen, Denmark

1999  
Cities on the Move, Secession, Vienna, Austraia
International Photography Biennale, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico
The First Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Japan

1998  
XXIV Bienal International de Sao Paulo, Brazil
Asia City, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK

 

AWARD
2007  
Higashikawa Prize, Photo Fiesta, Higashikawa, Hokkaido, Japan

 

COLLECTIONS & COMMISSIONS
Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris
DZ Bank, Germany
Queensland Art Gallery, Australia
ABN-AMRO Bank, The Netherlands
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan
The National Gallery of Australia
Singapore Art Museum
Koc Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey
LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore
H&F Foundation, Netherlands
Oslo Foto Kunst Skole, Norway