THE MANDRAKE Hotel has announced that collaborative art practice Studio Prokopiou and interdisciplinary artist Hungry will be artists-in-residency across a three-day period in April. Known as a sanctuary for art and creativity, the hotel has previously hosted artists such as sculptor Bushra Fakhoury and legendary tattooist, Mark Mahoney. In early April, the artists will explore the themes of the impermanence of beauty by creating three tableaus inspired by the decadent hotel.
Studio Prokopiou is a collaborative fine art and photography art practice set up by Philip Prokopiou and Panagiotis Poimenidis in 2014. The duo’s work primarily focuses on queer identity, self-invention and gender identity. They have created fashion editorials for magazines including Wonderland and Judas, and their work has been exhibited internationally. The pair’s muse, Hungry, is a multi-talented drag artist that creates extravagant looks, giving their audiences a glimpse of an alternative reality, where the human body is forced to adapt to new environments.
Guests will witness a series of photoshoots around the luxurious hotel, as well as an evening of surreal delectations hosted at Waeska Bar on Saturday night.
by Tom Halford
The exhibition takes place Thursday April 5 to Sunday April 8.
The schedule is:
Thursday: A piece entitled Trashed Hotel Room: Invocation and Ritual will be created in The Penthouse Suite. There will be a photo shoot in the iconic white marble suite, that will turn it on its head as the succubus Hungry is summoned.
Friday: In the hotel’s Masha Hari theatre, guests will beable to witness a photo shoot in collaboration with floral artist Stuart Fenwick.
Saturday: Taking place around various public spaces in the hotel and culminating at the Waeska Bar, from 9pm the guests will experience a surreal, gothic and glamorous world in Art Decadence: Why Can’t We Have Nice Things?. Timothy Wang will be providing the music to accompany the evening.