exhibition from the Project Room series

Malwina Migacz


Derealization is a psychological condition where one feels like living in an unreal world. Today the times are more favourable for it than ever, although they may have always been conducive to it, claiming, especially, artistic sensibilities and natures. Derealization, considered a non-normative mental disorder, can be a form of defence against the stimuli and pressures of the real world and its problems. Today, in stormy times, this seems to sound tempting rather than dangerous. Potentially attractive, the condition seems to be particularly frequently encountered among artists who manage to rework the obnoxiousness of reality and escapism into fantastic worlds of their imagination and creativity, based often on past experiences and a sensitivity to the surrounding world. Constructing such a world and inviting us to enter it is Malwina Migacz, a total artist in the sense of employing a wide and varied range of media and working with a broad spectrum of emotions and intuitions.

She has composed the Project Room space with various moments and conditions of her reality. The different dimensions and eccentricities have a common denominator: the artist’s experience and intuition. Malwina Migacz’s exhibition is a unique opportunity to enter her complex reality, controlled and represented by diverse art forms and media. In Migacz’s world, there is no place for things other than art, and even if they do appear, she quickly harnesses and breaks them in for art. A bit like it happens with horses, one of her favourite animals as well as creative inspirations; beasts that are strong but gentle, wild but serving man. Migacz has been building her (artistic) reality persistently but naturally, on a regular basis and for a long time. It comprises worlds and spaces that are unique and subtle, but brutal and predatory, futuristically modern, but also lyrically rustic. We will find in them a record of tower-block teenage life in the rough 1990s confronted and contrasted with the freedom and ease of wild coyotes, or realistic renditions of the horse, deconstructed and handed over to the viewer for further devastation. The exhibition includes also the artist’s intimate breath in the form of a guitar performance during the launch as well as her textiles, for, as she says, “sometimes I feel like breathing sound, at another time I inscribe and normalize my breathing through intricate monotonous crocheting.”

It is no wonder that the artist’s world, intensified by her sensitivity and extraordinary ability to notice the artistic in the quotidian, can make one feel a sense of vertigo, its intensity able to throw one in a state of derealization. A state which she pulls us into and with whose alluring, emotional beauty it will be hard for us to part, for being in this world – crazy but orderly, lyrical but violent – we shed the too often oppressive sense of reality and acquire a taste for the non-normative, not always safe state of derealization.


  • Curator
    • Krystyna Różańska-Gorgolewska
Malwina Migacz

graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. She lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her main area of research is the relationship between control and domination, on the one hand, and an unregulated state that finds its way through ruptures, on the other. In her works, Migacz searches for human circumstances and loci in the (political, cultural, social) systems that we build around ourselves and explores the domination that we seek to extend over our environment (man towards nature and the mental state). Migacz is an author of works that are often based on the phenomenon of dissociation, a mental state characterized by a tendency to ignore and violate social norms and the rights of other people. She works with diverse media such as textiles,cement, powdered metals, plaster, ash, video, 3D animation, painting, or photography. She has also been active in the fields of performance art and sound art which often combine with her installations, producing an effect of dissonance, misunderstanding, and lack of logic which then becomes a state of derealization. As can be seen in her earlier exhibitions, she has often worked with the motif of the horse. The horse is a symbol of nature,wildness, and freedom that humanity has always sought to suppress and tame. The reins, the curb bit, and the whip are means of control.Instruments made of leather and iron. Mankind has to tame and control nature in order to get closer to it. Migacz became interested in the relationship between these forces. In domination we can feel freedom, in a desire to tame we sense wildness.

The exhibition has been financed by
Media partners
  • Exhibition opening
    • 21/04/2022 (Thursday)
      • 19:00—22:00
      • admission free
      • opening will be accompanied by a guitar performance by the artist herself
  • Exhibition is on view through
    • 29/05/2022
  • Admission is free on Thursdays
Tuesday 11:00—19:00
Wednesday 11:00—19:00
Thursday 11:00—20:00
Friday 11:00—19:00
Saturday 11:00—19:00
Sunday 11:00—19:00
Malwina Migacz