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About The Artist

Born in Bangkok, Manit Sriwanichpoom is one of Thailand’s leading photographers, and the best known in the international art world, having exhibited worldwide including in the Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2010), The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial (Australia, 2009), 1st Dali International Photography Exhibition (China, 2009), Photoquai (Paris, 2007), Gwangju Biennale (Korea, 2006), the Venice Biennale (2003), Photo Espana (2001), Pingyao International Photography Festival (China 2001) and Bienal de Sao Paulo (1998). His solo shows include ‘Phenomena & Prophecies’ at the Singapore Art Museum (2010); ‘Lambs of God’ at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (Melbourne, Australia, 2008); ‘Bangkok in Pink’ at the Yokohama Museum of Art (2002) and ‘Man in Pink’ at Galerie VU’, Paris (2007).

His works are collected by the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie (Paris), the DG Bank (Germany), Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (USA), Smith College Museum of Art (USA), the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (Japan), the Queensland Art Gallery (Australia), the National Gallery of Australia, Koc Foundation (Turkey), the Singapore Art Museum, the National Gallery Singapore and well known private collectors.

In 2002 he was picked as one of the world’s 100 most interesting emerging photographers by Phaidon Press in their book BLINK and again 2014 with the same publisher’s Photography Today. In 2007 he was awarded the Higashikawa Overseas Photographer Prize from Japan and 2014 the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by French Ministry of Culture & Communication.

When the past looks at present | 2019 By Manit Sriwanichpoom
Photography | Unique Piece | 11.2 x 8.5 x 5cm
Original glass negatives, LED lightbox with built-in rechargeable battery

Their white & focusing eyes are looking at us from their dark faces with hairdo from the sixty. These double, sometimes triple, layers of glass negatives, 8 x 10.7 cm, have been kept on the second floor of wooden photo studio “Pornsilp” run by Pornsak Sakdaenprai (b 1938 - 2021). The combination of humidity & heat have made negatives stuck together and sometimes the whole pack of 10 glass sheets. Portraits of common people, mostly farmers, of Phimai, an ancient Khmer town, 320 km or 4.30 hours drive from Bangkok to northeast, have turned to another kind of art form like Dadaism or surrealism photography. The faces, eyes & clothes of men, women & even monks were merged unruly & unintentionally. These negatives once had served their role to portray identity of sitters nut now they have their own lives to give us another visual aesthetics & meanings. As if photography never die.

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