Haris Nukem’s portrait photography hones in on human nature, with the Bosnian-born artist’s lens the nucleus of his vivid stories on the simultaneous grace and imperfection of human identity. The combination of resplendent colour palettes, societal critique and humanity has seen Nukem land at the vanguard of UK contemporary art, working with Selfridges, Universal Music and Warner Group in the process. “Often we can feel quite incubated inside of the civilisations we live in,” he says. “And I don’t think we ever consider how fragile they are. What photographers do is help us understand how lucky we are.’
Now, from 24th-31st August, not only can hotel guests at Fitzrovia’s luxury, The Mandrake, experience his work in the flesh, but they can also witness its creation, as the photographer sets up station in the hotel’s Jurema terrace and Mandrake Theatre, for the hotel’s Artist in Residency series. Constructing an exhibition of portraits, each featuring a unique character embodying love, service, time and other facets of the essence of human life, guests will then be able take in his work, dotted around the premises, and inshrine it in their own home with the opportunity to purchase.