Daphné MANDEL (b. 1975, Lausanne, Switzerland), completed her diploma in architecture, and urban planning in Versailles in 2000. Daphné credits her Dutch grandmother, respected textile artist Wilhelmina Fruytier, with instilling in her a deep appreciation of art and painting. Her works explore old Hong Kong’s architecture, while introducing imaginary and whimsical elements as a way to exploit the incredible urban paradoxes of this city in constant metamorphosis. Currently, Daphné is doing field research on Hong Kong's abandoned sites. Her explorations include locating and accessing these deserted places including villages, schools, theatres and cinemas, private villas and mansions. Her works have been included in solo and group exhibitions in various art institutions, including “Hong Kong Time Rift” (Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong, 2022), “Hong Kong Vanitas” (Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, Hong Kong, 2017) and “Small is Beautiful XXXIX” (Flowers Gallery, London, 2021). She and her partner were awarded "Best Young Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture Professionals" by the French Ministry of Culture in 2006. Daphné co-founded the Paris based landscape architecture and urban planning firm Gilot&Mandel Paysage. The artist currently lives and works in Hong Kong.