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Daphné Mandel graduated in architecture and urban planning in Versailles in 2000. Primarily working with painting, she credits her Dutch grandmother, celebrated textile artist Wilhelmina Fruytier, for inspiring her creative journey. Mandel is based in Hong Kong. She explores Hong Kong architecture and abandoned sites in both densely populated and rural areas.  This exploration is her way to observe the evolution and metamorphosis of the city through the exploration of the city’s hidden spaces and paradoxes. Her works are often infused with the aesthetics of illusion, fantasy and poetry. Mandel incorporates contemporary digital support and traditional tactile techniques when creating her works. These conceptually echo Hong Kong’s urban aesthetic, one that is a juxtaposition of the old and new, positioning the luxurious and polished in contrast with the untidy and derelict.


Mandel’s works have been exhibited in solo shows organized by various art institutions, including Hong Kong Time Rift (Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong, 2022); Organic City (Pékin Fine Arts Gallery, Hong Kong, 2020); and Hong Kong Vanitas (Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, 2017). Group exhibitions include Art Basel Hong Kong (Gallery EXIT, 2022 & 2023) Small is Beautiful XXXIX (Flowers Gallery, London, 2021); Gimme Shelter (Pékin Fine Arts Gallery, Hong Kong, 2020); Photofairs Shanghai (Shanghai Exhibition Center, China 2019); Shek-O Sublime (Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong, 2019); and Hong Kong Dimensions (Blue Lotus Gallery, Hong Kong, 2018).


Mandel co-founded the Paris based landscape architecture and urban planning firm Gilot & Mandel Paysage. Together with her partner, she was awarded the "Best Young Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture Professional" by the French Ministry of Culture in 2006. Mandel is originally from France, and currently lives and works in Hong Kong.

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