Renowned for her experimental fashion photography with its bold colour and progressive post-production, Chinese artist Chen Man captures a beautiful, seminal China. In a specially commissioned pop-up gallery space at Metropolitan by COMO in Bangkok, her work will go on display from April 25th.
Showcasing nine lightbox images and two printed works, some of which come from her ‘Bad Head’ series, the temporary gallery – within the hotel’s iconic Met Bar – further offers an exclusive Chen Man-inspired Afternoon Tea. Think ‘iced lychee ginger and silver moon tea’, ‘Chinese green tea brûlées’ and ‘bamboo, red bean and sesame cupcakes’ while thoroughly immersed in Man’s creative vision.
But for those who enjoy art in more intimate surroundings, six prints from Man’s collection will appear in one of the Met’s elegant Penthouse Suites where a signed copy of her book is presented and the Afternoon Tea is also available.
Alumnus of the Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing, Chen Man is China’s definitive champion of fashion photography. With an avant-garde approach to feminine beauty and indeed photographic techniques, Man is a favourite with Celine, Versace, Chanel and Adidas. Her affinity for all things vibrant no doubt secured her affiliation with MAC who has employed much of her imagery, the pair even collaborating on a cosmetic collection last spring.
Appearing regularly in Chinese Vogue and other mainstream publications, Man defines a modern China, yet with much reference to the traditions of her homeland. It is little wonder this young artist has exhibited across the world in London’s V&A, the Salon National d’Art Contemporain in Paris, and Beijing’s Ullens Center of Contemporary Art and the Today Art Museum.
Words / Roxanne Golding
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