New kid on the block London hotel The Mandrake are clearly putting their alchemic name to good use. In a few short months from opening, it is the talk of London town. Not one to rest on its laurels, the surreal, theatrical property is this week set to launch its most outrageous ‘Artist in Residence’ programme, in partnership with the imaginative and experimental photographers Studio Prokopiou x Hungry. The work of Studio Prokopiou usually features personalities from the nightlife, fashion and art community and focussed on queer identity, self-invention and gender identity. Right up our street.
Running for three days from Thursday 5th April to Sunday 8th April 2018, Studio Prokopiu will collaborate with their muse, cult international drag personality and surreal artist Hungry. Together they are set to explore themes of the impermanence of beauty by creating three tableaus inspired by the hotel itself.
Thursday 5th will see the Penthouse Suite play host to the creation of a piece entitled ‘Trashed Hotel Room: Invocation and Ritual’. A photo shoot which will see the iconic white marble suite turned on its head as the succubus Hungry is summoned. Friday 6th will take guests on an immersive peep-show experience ‘Rot In Paradise’ at the hotel’s Masha Hari theatre, in collaboration with floral artist Stuart Fenwick. Saturday 7th will showcase a surreal, gothic and glamorous world in ‘Art Decadence: Why Can’t We Have Nice Things?’.
Throughout the residencey, Hungry’s make-up and dressing room will be recreated so guest can watch the graceful transformation work of the artist.