The Hari is delighted to announce Emmanuel Unaji and Matilde Merli have been selected for the hotel’s one-month art residency. In collaboration with ArtULTRA, a platform dedicated to supporting early career artists, the hotel residency offers the opportunity for these two early career artists a space to create their work, followed by an exhibition of their pieces in The Hari’s sought-after public spaces for the summer.
Emmanuel Unaji studied fashion design and gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Kingston University in London where he currently lives. Emmanuel founded his design company Unaji&Co in 2017, which fuses his artistic talent and commercial flair. A multidisciplinary artist inspired by the fashion industry and its icons, he uses fragments of magazine photographs to which he adds painted, drawn or sculpted elements.
During the residency, Emmanuel will study the contradictory essence of images and reality; asking: Is what we see a reflection of what the subject experiences? By combining illustration, drawing and painting the series will mechanically deconstruct selected images to illustratively reverse engineer the unconscious bias applied to protagonist’s within painting and photography.
Matilde Merli grew up in northern Italy and has been living in London for the last five years. She is currently studying Illustration and Visual Communication at the University of Westminster. Although it isn’t until now that she formally developed her practice, art has been part of Matilde’s life for a long time. Her practice is rooted in her life experiences and emotions, which have been ranging from anger, disappointment, suffering, but also joy, hope, and curiosity.
Materiality is very important in Matilde’s work; combining traditional materials with discarded materials and objects in her installations and artworks. Matilde hopes to use the residency to work out a lot of emotions accumulated over the past few months, using this period as one of ‘catharsis on canvas’, furthering her experimentation with materials, such as acrylics with found or recycled elements like ash, glue or waste.
Art has long been in the DNA of The Hari and the exposed brick walls of the lobby and The Hari Bar host an impressive collection of contemporary works on a curated rolling programme. Following the success of the “Class of 2020” exhibition, where we offered the opportunity for graduating artists from a range of London art schools and colleges to exhibit their artwork in The Hari’s public spaces, we are delighted to show our support to emerging artists once again.
To see the artists at work, please see the work in progress videos below.
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