Michela de Mattei




Michela de Mattei (b.1984, Rome, Italy) works across different formats and media, often developing fictional scenarios and unusual ecosystems in which animal-human affairs are hijacked by technologies. In doing so, her works question standards of authority and control, speaking to issues of animal agency and the changing dynamics of communication systems.






Education. Michela de Mattei (b.1984, Rome, Italy) studied Philosophy at Universita di Roma la Sapienza.


Select exhibitions. Flash_Looking, Belmacz, London, UK (2024); RETROFUTURE, Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (MACRO), Rome (2024); Dive-In, Porto Design Biennale, Porto (2023); SOTTOPALCO, Campo Teatrale, Milan (2023);  Estée Lauder, Expanded/Extended,  MAXXI L’Aquila, Rome, and IL MAXXIVERSO, online (2022); .The animated cloister – space is just noise, Museum of Rome in Trastevere, Italy (2022); Post-Turismo (curated by Giuliana Benassi), Post ex, Rome, Italy (2022);  Aquaria -The illusion of a boxed sea, curated by Angela Rui, MAAT museum, Lisbon (2021); Hypermaremma, Terme di Vulci (2021); Nuovo Cinema Galleria, Galeria Vera Cortez, Lisbon (2020); Hypermaremma ( Chapter II ), Antica Città Di Cosa, Italy (2019); Blushing, Belmacz, London (2019); Estée Lauder series (curated by Lavinia Filippi), Italian Cultural Institute, London (2018); The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish, Part 1: Language (curated by Filipa Ramos and Lucia Pietroiusti), Serpentines Galleries / ZSL London Zoo (2018); Allevamento di Tiranni, Una Vetrina, Rome (2017); Bodikon, Belmacz, London (2017); There is no place like home 4°, Riverside dock, Rome; InterKontinental, Belmacz, London (2016); La Pelle, Project by FONDACO, Officina, Brussels (2016); Rétrospective I: Fail Compilation, Détail, Paris (2016); Feets, Don’t Fail Me Now, Belmacz, London (2015); Vogliatemi perdonare quel poco di disturbo che reco, Ex Elettrofonica, Rome (2014); Innesto #6, Orientamento | Michela de Mattei, Sala Santa Rita, Rome (2013).


Awards and residencies. In 2019 Michela was in residence at the Alserkal Arts Foundation, Dubai.


Michela lives and works in Milan.


  • The World, Part I: Mirage

    Michela de Mattei

    The World, Part I: Mirage, 2019

    moving image
    04 minutes, 35 seconds

  • Until lions have their historians, hunters will always be the heroes

    Michela de Mattei

    Until lions have their historians, hunters will always be the heroes, 2023

    lenticular print
    51 x 40 cm

  • animal attacks, drawing series (v)

    Michela de Mattei

    animal attacks, drawing series (v), 2022

    70 x 50 cm

  • Blushing

    Michela de Mattei

    Blushing, 2019

    moving image
    07 minutes 58 seconds, 5 + 1 AP

  • Not (here)

    Michela de Mattei

    Not (here), 2019

    thermochromic paint, nichrome wire and timer relay
    160 × 120 cm

  • Estée Lauder VR experience

    Michela de Mattei

    Estée Lauder VR experience, 2022


  • Estée Lauder – Hypnosis session

    Michela de Mattei

    Estée Lauder – Hypnosis session, 2018

    [still] single channel video

  • Estée Launder

    Michela de Mattei

    Estée Launder, 2016

    fountain pen, blue ink, eraser on paper
    48 x 75 cm

  • Carl

    Michela de Mattei

    Carl, 2019

    photograph and watercolour
    39.5 × 24.5 cm

  • Graft #8: Round Around

    Michela de Mattei

    Graft #8: Round Around, 2015

    oak wood on fig tree
    92 × 92cm

  • Round Around, Graft #8

    Round Around, Graft #8, 2015

    oak wood on fig tree
    92 × 92cm

  • Natura Morta

    Natura Morta, 2018

    dry prickly pear fibre
    21.5 × 12.5 × 15.5 cm


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