Destinées nomades is a grand imagined narrative about migration. It refers to the migration of people in general and more specifically to the current European refugee crisis, as well as to the migration of birds. While there is a political undercurrent to the work, it is minor in its intent. Mann’s principle question is “What would happen if we all reached out to one another?” This central idea forms the leitmotiv as the figures dance across the work.
Promesse de printemps (Promise of Spring) was created for an international painting prize at Hygo Perfectural Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan in commemoration of the Kobe earthquake. It represents the rebirth of hope and life after the devastation which left almost 6,500 people dead – the majority from the Hygo region - and 68 children orphaned.
Mann was the only artist from Switzerland selected; Australian artist Dean Bowen was another finalist. This work has not been exhibited since its presentation in Kobe.