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Malwa Grabowska aka Hipermania

is an independent filmmaker and photographer. She studied filmmaking at New York Film Academy, documentary photography at ICP International Center for Photography in NYC, Visual Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin and the Communication at Roskilde University.

Malwa produces slow film and photography works exploring the borders of documentary practice and video-visual poetry. She inquires into space and place, its relationalities, and multi-sensorial manifestations. Malwa is interested in the interconnectedness of people with their places and how within them people experience their realities. She wants to channel the exploration of her interests through immersive multi-media experiences along with up-close, intense sonic and visual engagements. In her work, she strives to shape new routes to experience and other ways of knowing and feeling. Malwa truly believes that we human-kinds need transformation at our core of beliefs and practice in order to heal the world and us as a collective.

Malwa's film work was featured at “Warehouse” '19 - German International Ethnographic Film Festival (DE, '20), 3Rivers Festival (DE, '20), RAI Film Festival (UK, 2019), Ethnofest Athens Ethnographic Film Festival (GR, '19), Belgrade International Festival of Ethnological Film (RS, '19), EthnoKino Bern (CH, '19) and “Dancing Resistanbul” (cinematography) - LICHTER Film Festival (DE, '15) among several others.

Her photography work was exhibited at PHOTO: ISRAEL International Photography Festival (IS, '18), “Paris Image Nation” International Photo Exhibition and Photo Fair, (FR, '18) Urban&Human Empathy group exhibition by Exhibit Around (IT, '17), "The story of the creative" group exhibition, Angel Orensanz Foundation for Contemporary Art, NYC (US, '13), “HOLD ME DEAR: Four Cities, [Extra]Ordinary Places” group exhibition at the City Link Festival, Edinburgh (UK, '15), ARKEN Museum of Modern/CICLO Arts - UNESCO Arts Education projects (DK, '15) "Magt Minder Mennesker – Mindesmærker" (“Power, Memory, People”) at KØS Museum for Art in Public Spaces (DK, '14-15) or “Dancing Resistanbul” (cinematography) - LICHTER Film Festival (DE, '15), FICDH Festival Internacional de Cine de Derechos Humanos (AR, '16) or One With A Movie Camera Film Festival (DE, '16) among others.

Malwa's video-visual poetry was featured during a 5-week video art residency in Copenhagen (DK, '16), "Same is never the same, an immersive cross” at 65Fen Music Series in Brooklyn, NYC (USA '16) and at multiple venues like Fire House Space in Brooklyn (USA), Trinitatis or Koncertkirken in Copenhagen (DK).

Malwa's film and photography work was featured in paper and on-line publications: Urban&Human Empathy photo book (2017), Womankind Magazine (2017) Don't Take Pictures Magazine (2017), Float Magazine (2017), Fisheye Magazine (2017), Lens Culture (2015), If You Leave (2015), Of The Afternoon Magazine (2015), Musikeren (2015), BT (2015), POSI-TIVE Magazine (2014), One - the journal of literature, art and ideas (2014), People Are Strange Magazine (2014), or Film School Rejects (2014). Malwa was also among finalists in the photography competitions: "Connection"(2013), "Family"(2014) and “Borders”(2015) published in 3 photo books by Tiger Stories.

With her film and photography work Malwa has been continuously collaborating with musicians, artists, and creators in Copenhagen and abroad whilst simultaneously having her work commissioned by cultural enterprises such as Goethe-Institut Copenhagen (DK), CPH:DOX Copenhagen Documentary Film Festival (DK), Freedom Music Festival (DK), The Current – storytelling platform (DK), Fredericia Improv Camp (DK), Art District (DK), KØS Museum for Art in Public Spaces (DK), UNESCO/ CICLO ARTS – International Arts Education Project (DK), KoncertKirken (DK) or MAIRIE DE PARIS – Paris City Hall (FR).

Malwa is a co-founder at Gotta Let It Out, an independent Copenhagen based the label on a mission to release Genuity and true, free expression; and a co-founder of OPTAKUS multi-sited Lab exploring the boundaries of experimental and ethnographic practice, extending the sensorial possibilities of sound and image.

Malwa has been a recipient of grants from Statens Kunstfond (Danish Arts Foundation) and KODA for her documentary “Lesson in Collectivity” (2020).

At the moment Malwa is working on a multi-media project “Places of Comfort” about places of solace and resilience boosting for people during the COVID-19 pandemic and a creative documentary about IKI.

Malwa was born in Poland and is based in Copenhagen, Denmark where she lives with her husband Tomo and two daughters Mi and Hala.