Underwater

Where Environmental Aesthetics Meets Magical Realism

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  • 1 University of Leeds, UK r.tzanelli@leeds.ac.uk
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A unique exhibition was held between 19 and 22 September 2018 in the deep blue waters of Amorgos, Greece.1 Amorgos is the easternmost of the Cyclades islands, neighboring the Dodecanese island group. The island's rich aquatic life and architectural beauty featured prominently in French director Luc Besson's internationally acclaimed English-language film on freediving, The Big Blue (Le Grand Bleu, 1988), transforming the island into an international destination for tourists and freedivers. The exhibition, Underwater Gallery: On a Single Breath, was installed at a depth of 7 to 17 meters inside a sea cave in the area of Aghios Pavlos, below the Monastery of Hozoviotissa. Hozoviotissa's famous top-floor window of the “big blue” opens to the Aegean Sea, affording visitors a bird's eye view to the Aegean. It is clear that the gallery's connection to Besson's artwork is indisputable.

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Rodanthi Tzanelli is Associate Professor of Cultural Sociology at the University of Leeds. She is the author of several published academic contributions and twelve monographs, including the latest Magical Realist Sociologies of Belonging and Becoming: The Explorer (Routledge, 2020). Email: r.tzanelli@leeds.ac.uk

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