The Peninsula Manila is proud to wear pink this October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Marking its sixth anniversary in 2016, the annual Peninsula in Pink campaign to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities continues with The Art of Pink. This year, The Peninsula Manila is collaborating with China’s most celebrated avant-garde photographer and multimedia artist, Chen Man, and bringing four of her works to a global audience with an exhibition at The Lobby from Oct. 1 to 31, along with pink-infused dining and room experiences for guests to enjoy.
In keeping with the global commitment to support innovative art, The Peninsula Manila presents “Nao Nao,” an exclusively commissioned series of art pieces that will be installed at 10 Peninsula destinations around the world. Both exciting and intimate, the collection draws the sensual photographs that have cemented Chen Man’s style and success, reconceptualized with a subtle feminine theme in reference to the Peninsula in Pink breast cancer initiative. The artist’s lauded photographs are brought together for the first time on such a grand, international scale, and offer a unique opportunity for guests and visitors at each hotel to personally interact with the art in a novel way.
Each photograph will be covered by two pink dots – symbols of breasts and the colon, a punctuation that precedes a conversation. In a nod to The Peninsula Hotels’ focus on China this year, visitors will use traditional “Nao Nao” bamboo sticks to gently scrape the dots and slowly unveil the image behind. Through her photographs and the unspoken, yet very physical interaction with it, the artist hopes that the removal of the punctuation will open up a dialogue about breast cancer and bring awareness to the cause.
“With this collection, I wished to celebrate distinctive interpretations of beauty and power, while at the same time evoking dialogue about a subject that is often deemed taboo,” said Chen Man.
Her four photographs will be exhibited in The Peninsula Manila’s iconic lobby. The photographs will be auctioned off and additional funds will be raised through the sale of the “Nao Nao” sticks, which visitors can purchase to scratch the piece and keep as keepsakes. The proceeds will be donated to the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc which is rehabilitating the Breast Care Center of East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City.
Information on how to acquire each art piece is available on www.peninsula.com/pink.