Man Begins (1997)
Pink Man performance by Sompong Thawee
idea of Pink Man came to me when I went out shopping at the newest
mall in town. This mall is very big - like a factory - so bright
with thousands of fluorescent lamps,
all kinds of goods kept on shelves orderly. A lot of buyers were
tirelessly enjoying filling their trolleys with goods, getting into
long queues to pay - like going to an amusement park. To what extent
has consumerism brainwashed us? That life values are measured by
materials that one possesses.
Man is my upset and alienated feeling towards the concept of consumerism
which has been accepted simply and without consideration by Thai
society. I feel that this system has enslaved us without our realization.
Moreover, we are being forced to act in the same way : there is
a move towards uniformity. Pink Man is wandering quietly and smilelessly,
like a robot, in the opulent and busy business area of Silom street,
where there is a lunch market named
La-lai-sap (melting money) for office men and women.Pink, like in
the photo, is considered generally by high class group of Thai people
as tastelessness and vulgarity which is used commonly by night-life
girls and comedians. In additional to this reason, I intentionally
Pink color in order to subvert the aesthetics of local art.