Each Peninsula hotel is exhibiting a visually compelling Art of Pink photographic work by Chen Man in a prominent “Pink” area. Guests are encouraged to interact with each piece and create their own intimate dialogue about breast cancer.
Chen Man’s iconic photographic style is imbued in the ten outsized images, which are covered with two large pink dots. By using a traditional bamboo nao nao stick, guests can scratch the pink surfaces to gradually reveal the complete picture.
Artwork and Inspiration
“Back to the Future”
The tearful girl in a transparent astronaut helmet represents the disconnection between the classic Chinese quest for spiritual power and today’s aspirational culture. It captures the challenges for young people, who often seek meaning and fulfilment through materialism but become saddened and disappointed by not finding a more spiritual perspective in life. Created in the early stage of her career for the Vision series, this piece epitomises Chen Man’s ability to create photographic artworks that closely resemble paintings. It gained huge critical acclaim in China and around the world. Another part of this series, The Astronaut, is now housed in the permanent collection at the Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum in London.
“Like the sun, it shines and lights up the world, and so nothing gain”
Instantly captivating, this piece is designed to show that just like the sun that shines on everyone around the world regardless of social status or class, feminine strength is a universal concept that should be understood and valued. Created in the early stage of her career for the Vision series, it epitomises Chen Man’s ability to create photographic artworks that closely resemble paintings. It gained huge critical acclaim in China and around the world.
“Long Live the Mother Land”
One of Chen Man’s most famous works, the eye-catchingly vibrant red of the national flag and the woman’s dress set against the Shanghai skyline represent the intricate balance between tradition and modernity in Chinese society. Commissioned by famous photographer Liu Heung Shing for a photographic exhibition at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, it captures Chen Man’s vision of China’s beauty from a challenging perspective. Through this piece, the artist wanted to inspire young Chinese photographers to present their own interpretations of modern China through their work.
“Dreams are impossible to control without training, and aspiration are controllable dreams”
This dreamlike depiction of a girl reflects that we cannot control our dreams, but with passion and desire we can seek to achieve them. It forms part of Chen Man’s Young Pioneer series and exemplifies the artist’s distinctive technique of combining digital graphic design, Chinese symbolism and original photography to powerfully convey her thoughts and messages.
“This is neither the world of the rich nor the world of the penny pincher. This is the world of the kind-hearted soul. What this world needs is kindness, to quieten the mind.”
Shot in a charming Paris cafe, and referencing The Peninsula Afternoon Tea culture that was first introduced at The Peninsula Hong Kong, this image respects the evident emotional connection between a young and stylish Chinese woman and a refined French gentleman. It was created to mark the 50th anniversary of friendly relations between China and France, and represents the eternal need for kindness and understanding to share a brighter future.
“You must understand human motivation, fantasy, and misery to keep a good relationship with your partner”
Set against the powerful presence of Japan’s Mount Fuji, this image inspires the viewer to embrace human motivation, fantasy and pain to sustain a strong relationship with a partner. Combining fashion, nature and Japanese culture, this vivid image formed part of an advertising series for GUESS of holiday-inspired images.
“It is the past and the present as well as the future; this flashes and time never lasts”
This abstract image of a woman’s face styled with colourful make up shows the contrast of each moment in life, whether it’s yesterday, today or tomorrow. The photograph was produced in collaboration with Chinese make-up artist Li Dongtian, who is famous for his use of exaggerated tints and detailing.
“What we need is not the boldness of innocence but the bravery of omniscience”
This iconic photograph of a Chinese girl riding a 1980s-style bicycle through Tiananmen Square in Beijing while wearing a chic outfit by Dior challenges conceptions about women and fashion in modern China.
“To irradiate wherever it is as it is”
Part of a collaboration with the GUESS brand, this image of a vast and inspiring natural landscape challenges us to use our meditative powers to understand the world and respect the true value of life.
This collection of four visually powerful artworks created in striking colour tones reflects the different aspirations of modern Chinese women. The images formed part of Chen Man’s work for i-D magazine, which was founded by former Vogue art director Terry Jones. Chen Man originally created 12 images of real people from ethnic minority cultures in China, and used different styles of photography to tell their own unique stories in visual form. She personally chose these four images to be displayed at The Peninsula Manila.