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Martina Amati Under


3 channel video projection with 5 audio channels, colour, 11 minutes, looped

1 documentary, colour and B/W, 33 minutes 

Wellcome Trust Large Art Award

Above: Film excerpt of Film Distance. Underwater performer: Martina Amati

‘It’s an entrancing experience. Martina Amati sweeps you away into the mysterious realm of freediver in her mesmerising multiscreen installation Under. Here is a beguiling world: dreamy and dangerous, disconcerting and seductive, alluring and yet frightening all at once.’  Rachel Campbell-Johnston —The Times

A multiple screen film installation by Martina Amati funded by the Wellcome Trust Large Art Award. In this immersive work artist and BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Martina Amati returns to her artistic roots to express her passion for freediving: the act of swimming underwater on a single breath of air without artificial aid.


Press release PDF

Exhibitions and Screenings

07 December 2019 – 26 April 2020

Under (Depth) is screening in the group exhibition 'Water' at QAGOMA

QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY | GALLERY OF MODERN ART. Curator Geraldine Barlow. Click here for more info 

Messums Wiltshire

October 26 - December 1, 2019

Under film installation and documentary is showing @Messums Wiltshire. Curator Hannah Hooks. Click here for more info 

Wellcome Collection

March 8 - August 27, 2018

Under is featuring in the group exhibition 'Somewhere in Between' at Wellcome Collection, London. Curator: Laurie Britton Newell. Click here to read The Times Review

After the success in London, Martina Amati brings "a teaser" of Under to her home town, on the occasion of MiArt 2016Click here to read press release

CAST, The Cornubian Arts & Science Trust

Friday 8 January 2016, 19:30

Under - the documentary screened at CAST, The Cornubian Arts & Science Trust, Cornwall, United Kingdom. Director: Teresa Gleadowe. Curator: Kelly Taylor.  The screening was followed by Q+A with artist Martina Amati and cinematrographer Daan Verhoaven.

The artist Martina Amati in conversation with filmmaker Sophie Fiennes and freediving champion Liv Philip. Click here to view images

Under was exhibited at Ambika P3. Director: Professor Katharine Heron Curator: Michael Mazière Ambika P3 is the University of Westminster’s space for contemporary art and architecture, presenting a public programme of solo and group exhibitions, Under exhibited from September 25 to October 11, anticipating Chantal Akerman’s Now (2015). Click here to see installation views


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