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Place M 20th anniversary exhibition

Manit Sriwanichpoom

Ordinary / Extraordinary

Manit Sriwanichpoom[Ordinary / Extraordinary]
Manit Sriwanichpoom[Ordinary / Extraordinary]
Manit Sriwanichpoom[Ordinary / Extraordinary]
Manit Sriwanichpoom[Ordinary / Extraordinary]

 These are people from around my studio, I’d see them pass by every day, but I didn’t know any of them. I just thought it was time I got to meet my neighbours; that’s how the project came about.
 I set out with no expectations. But as I got into it, I came to see that these people actually have very remarkable faces. This surprised me, because I’d never really thought about these people before; they were average people I’d passed by on the streets and never considered. But once a face was locked inside a photograph, inside the frame time stood still and I got to really scrutinise each one, the features and structure of a face, the emotions of each picture.
 When the idea came to me, I immediately thought of a way to simplify the process. I didn’t want to use a complicated set up. I wanted to avoid a studio atmosphere with many lights and all that. Just one light for all. They would queue up and sit down one by one quite simply, no fussing over lights.
 Initially, some people were nervous; they thought there’d be a lot of fuss because they saw it was a studio. But with this simple set up they were not crowded; they could breathe and be themselves. I told each one to sit down and not to try to express any emotion; just to keep their mind still within them. Just look into the camera and concentrate your mind within yourself.
 I was quite surprised by their reactions afterwards. Some people sent their photos back to me because they were afraid of them, afraid of their own pictures.
 I was sorry that they didn’t like it. I’d photographed them as the people that they were. I had no preconception, no prior expectations. I was just interested to get to know them. I didn’t set out to exoticise. For me, the interesting point is showing the lives, the stories that they have lived through. The life story is manifest upon the face, in the very texture of the skin, in the eyes. This is the interesting thing.
 This experience has made me more aware of the people that I pass by on the streets. I try to look, to really look, at their expressions more; the look in their eyes. (原文まま)

Manit Sriwanichpoom

Born 1961, Bangkok
Now lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2008 The Lambs of God, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
2007 Man in Pink, Galerie VU’, Paris, FRANCE
2007 Ordinary/Extraordinary, Tang Gallery, Bangkok, THAILAND
2006 Beijing Pink, Highland Gallery, Beijing, CHINA
2006 Pink Man in Wonderland, month of photography, BTS National Stadium, Bangkok
2005 Pink Man in Paradise, Valentine Willie Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
2004 Pink Man in Paradise, Monash University, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA and Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, INDONESIA
2002 Bangkok in Pink, the Gallery, Yokohama Museum of Art, JAPAN

Selected Exhibitions
2008 Coffee, Cigarettes and Pad Thai, Eslite Gallery, Taipei, TAIWAN
2007 Photoquai, the World Visual Arts Biennale, Musee du Quai Branly, Paris, FRANCE
2007 Las Partes Y El Todo, Fundacio Foto Colectania, Barcelona, SPAIN
2007 Festival du Scoop, Angers, FRANCE
2007 Soft Power, Zendai MoMA, Shanghai, CHINA
2007 Act of Faith, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen, NETHERLANDS
2007 Asia - Europe Mediations, Poznan National Museum, POLAND
2007 Thermocline of Art - New Asian Waves, ZKM, Karlsruhe, GERMANY
2007 Show Me Thai, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, JAPAN
2007 So Close / So Far Away, CRAC ALSACE, Altkirch, FRANCE
2006 Fever Variations, 6th Gwangju Biennale, KOREA
2005 The First Pocheon Asian Art Festival, Pocheon, KOREA
2004 Resistance, Chobi Mela III, Dhaka, BANGLADESH
2003 50 th la Biennale di Venezia, Thai Pavilion, ITALY

2007 Higashikawa Prize, Photo Fiesta, Higashikawa, Hokkaidou, JAPAN

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