Pink Man Begins (1997)

Pink Man performance by Sompong Thawee

The 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.

Pink 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 use
Pink color in order to subvert the aesthetics of local art.

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  Pink Man Begins 1997
  Pink Man on Tour 1998
  Shocking Pink Collection 1998
  Pink Man on European Tour 2000
  Horror in Pink 2001
  Pink Man in Venice 2003
  Hungry Ghost 2003
  Pink Man in Paradise 2003
  La vie en Pink 2004
  Pink, White & Blue (2005)
  Beijing Pink (2006)
  Pink Man - The Icon of Consumerism (2007 - 2008)