Daphné MANDEL (IG @daphnemandel) - is an artist born in Lausanne, Switzerland to a French father and a Dutch mother and grew up in Paris. She credits her Dutch grandmother, a respected textile artist, Wilhelmina Fruytier, with instilling in her a deep appreciation of art and painting. Daphné studied architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning in Versailles and graduated in 2000. She co-founded the Paris-based landscape architecture and urban planning firm Gilot&Mandel Paysage. She and her partner were named "Best Young Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture Professionals" by the French Ministry of Culture (2006). As a result, a number of public parks, city centres, cultural sites, and sports venues in France and abroad bear Daphne's touch. She found inspiration in her move to Hong Kong in 2008 to explore other means of creative and artistic expression.
Hong Kong’s environment is quite one of a kind: it is a mash-up between an urban jungle and lush greenery. Using architectural rendering techniques permits Daphné to give a sense of ultra-realism to her works which contrasts with the more artisanal modes of expression, mirroring of Hong Kong’s urban aesthetic: the luxurious and polished juxtaposed with the untidied and derelict.
Today we speak with Daphné about her field research on Hong Kong's abandoned sites. Her explorations of deserted places including villages, schools, theatres and cinemas, private villas, and mansions. Her new series 'Chimerical Villages' delves into the paradox of a city in constant change, with places that are left behind for years sometimes decades, and that seems to be frozen in time. The Series transcends these secluded sites and exacerbates the improbability of their landscapes. We welcome Daphne Mandel to the table. www.daphnemandel.com
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