This new body of work continues Mandel’s exploration of Hong Kong’s landscape. Her paper and digital moving collages play with the city's abrupt contrasts. The city becomes a shallow decor and the dark alleys appear in whimsical tales. The alleys are staged dramatically using theatre imagery such as velvet curtains, smoke and spotlights.
Details from "Back Alleys Backstage" [Hong Kong, 2018]
Details from "Dark Alleys Part 1" [Hong Kong, 2018]
Details from "Dark Alleys Part 2 [Hong Kong, 2018]
Video Stills from "Magic in the Dark Alleys" [Hong Kong, 2018]
Daphné Mandel was born in 1975 in Lausanne and grew up in Paris. She credits her Dutch grandmother, a respected textile artist, with instilling in her a deep appreciation of art and painting. She 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» in France for their work (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. Her move to Hong Kong in 2008 inspired her to explore other means of creative and artistic expression. She has been featured extensively in local and international press including the Wall Street Journal, SCMP, RTHK, Home Journal, Zolima CityMag, Elle Décor and Architectural Digest.
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