The Hari resident artists
& Emmanuel UNAJI
In February 2021, ArtULTRA and The Hari partnered to offer two emerging artists the opportunity to have a residency at the hotel. Situated in the residential streets of Belgravia, cultural legacy meets eccentric wit The Hari is a five-star hotel with art firmly in its DNA. Through the exposed brick walls of the lobby, library, bar and terrasse, The Hari hosts an impressive collection of contemporary works on a curated rolling programme.
The one-month residency at The Hari took place from 26 April to 21 May 2021. From 24 June to 5 November 2021, both artists exhibited their work in The Hari Bar, as well as in the large window at the front of the hotel. The exhibition showcased 11 artworks created during the artists’ residency.
Exhibition at The Hari
All the artworks created by Emmanuel and Matilde is for sale. Find the complete list of artworks and prices in the Exhibition Brochure below. If you have any questions about the residency, the artists, or want to find out more about the artworks, please email email@example.com
Window display at The Hari. Above: Joyce Bryant - Luxury of Visibility by Emmanuel Unaji. Below: Looking for Love by Matilde Merli. Photography by Nina Photography
The Hari Bar; Lost It, Can You Read Me? and Society, by Matilde Merli.
Diana Princess of Wales, Yellow Dress, 1955 Glamour Mag by Emmanuel Unaji.
Photography by Nina Photography
The Hari Bar; Asap Rocky, Rakim Mayers and Lancey Foux Wears A Cold Wall by Emmanuel Unaji. Photography by Nina Photography
The Hari Bar; A Life Time and Reach Out by Matilde Merli
The Hari Bar; Diana, Princess of Wales and Yellow Dress, 1955 Glamour Mag by Emmanuel Unaji. Photography by Nina Photography
Meet the artists
We interviewed Matilde and Emmanuel about their residency, the challenges of being an artist, and their practices.
MATILDE MERLI @wacamanatuchu
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 used the residency to work out a lot of emotions accumulated over the past few months, using this period as one of 'catharsis on canvas', continuing her experimentation with materials, mixing acrylics with found or recycled elements like ash, glue or waste.
EMMANUEL UNAJI @eman_unaji
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 studied 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 mechanically deconstructs selected images to illustratively reverse-engineer the unconscious bias applied to protagonist’s within painting and photography.
Behind the scenes at the Hari
Dive into Matilde and Emmanuel's creative worlds during their five-week residency.
Installing the window
Getting ready for the install
Emmanuel Unaji interview 10 May 2021
Matilde Merli - Work in Progress 9 May 2021
Produced by ArtULTRA
Installing the artwork in the bar
Matilde Merli interview 10 May 2021
Emmanuel Unaji Work in Progress 7 May 2021
Directed & Filmed by Lemuel Unaji, Produced by UNAJI&Co
Directed & Filmed by Lemuel Unaji
Produced by UNAJI&Co
Matilde Merli's studio @The Hari