Freediving and the Art World collide in London starting this week. Artist and BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Martina Amati is opening her exhibit Under at the University of Westminster.
Amati is returning to her artistic roots to express her lifelong passion for Freediving with a mesmerizing multi-screen installation that immerses the audience in her vision. Under aims to bring the experience of Freediving into an urban landscape and give viewers the sensation of being submerged beneath the water as they gaze up at a massive screen hovering just above their heads.
Amati had this to say in a statement:
“I am a filmmaker and a freediver, I dive to 30 meters depth – the height of a 10-storey skyscraper – on a single breath of air. I am not a champion and I have never competed. I freedive in order to find my deeper truth. I let go of everything and enter a totally new world, where I need to fully relax and be in the moment, to find my stillness in order to consume as little oxygen as possible. It is a form of meditation that stimulates my creative process. Each dive is a discovery, where I open myself to unfamiliar sensations and feelings. The water saved my life, twice, when I found myself in my darkest places. Outside the water I try, I imitate, I struggle, I pretend. Underwater I am. With Under I want to share this experience with others.”
You can see a trailer below and visit the exhibition for free between 26 September – 11 October 2015 (Opening times: Monday to Friday 11am-7pm Saturday-Sunday 12-6pm) at Ambika P3 in the University of Westminster (nearest Tube: Baker Street).
More information at www.under-installation.com