Born in Wangen, Germany in 1956, Magda Matwiejew arrived in Australia in 1958. She lives and works in Melbourne.Since her first solo show at Pinacotheca, Melbourne in 1979, Madga has exhibited at Realities Gallery, Melbourne; Luba Bilu, Gallery, Melbourne; and Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne. Notable among the solo exhibitions showcasing her more recent digital art practice are En Pointe (2010) Broken Spell (2008) Arabesque (2006) and Vavara: Beyond Memory (2004) Moonlight and Wax all held at the Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne.

Magda has also exhibited in a number of significant group shows: Conflict: Contemporary Responses to War, UQ Art Museum, Queensland; White Mantle: The Winter Landscape in Australian Art, Geelong Gallery and Meeting Place, Keeping Place, George Adams Gallery, The Arts Centre.

Her moving image has featured in many prominent video art and film festivals both locally and abroad that include ,Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival, Edgemar Center for the Arts, Santa Monica, California (2014); Videoart Festival Miden, Katamata, Greece (2014) INVIDEO: International Exhibition of Video and Cinema Beyond, A.I.A.C.E., Milan, Italy (2008 and 2009 and 2011); Videoholica International Video Art Festival , Varna . Bulgaria. (2011) London Independent Film Festival(2010) , Tiburon International Film Festival (2010), San Francisco, 18th CineRail Festival , International festival , Paris (2010), The Moving Image Film Festival, Toronto(2010), Istanbul International Animation Festival, Istanbul, Turkey (2008); IDAP The Vernacular Terrain, SonZhuang Art Museum, Beijing, China (2008); Digital Long Island Festival, IMAC Theatre, New York, USA (2007); IDDA and The Harries, National Digital Art Award, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia (2007, 2006 & 2005); Athens Video Art Festival, Athens, Greece (2007); After Urban, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA (2007); Melbourne Underground Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia (2007 & 2006 &2008 ) IDDA and New Media-Film-Video-Photo media, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China (2006; Too Much Freedom. Hammer Museum of Art . Los Angeles U.S.A.(2006)

Award for Best Experimental Animation, The San Francisco Women’s Film Festival San Francisco (2006); Indiana International Video Art and Architecture Festival, Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, Indiana (2006); River’s Edge Film Festival, (2006); and Temporary Identities, The Third Novosibirsk International Festival of Digital Imaging, Animation and Video Art, Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Russia (2006)

Magda is represented in several major public and corporate collections, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane; Geelong Regional Gallery, Victoria; Australian War Memorial Art Collection; Philip Morris Collection, Melbourne; The University of Melbourne; and BHP Billiton, Melbourne. INVIDEO permament archive, Milan.


Born in Wangen, Germany in 1956, Magda Matwiejew arrived in Australia in 1958. She lives and works in Melbourne


2009                 Best Animation. "dot com" Female Eye Film Festival , Toronto . Canada  

2007                 Best Experimental Animation. "Insect" San Fransisco Womens Film Festival 

Finalist             Best esperimental film 2006 Enhance TV ATOM Awards"Insect"

                          Best esperimental film 2008 Enhance TV ATOM Awards " Broken Spell"

                          Best esperimental film 2009 Enhance TV ATOM Awards " Journey From Pinsk"

                          Best esperimental film 2010 Enhance TV ATOM Awards " Pretty Ballerina"


2014               Magda Matwiejew I Moonlight and Wax -- Karen Woodbury Gallery, with “ MORPHETTE “16 July -7 August. Melbourne, Australia

2013               Vavara Beyond Memory — Magda Matwiejew 20 July 2013 to 25 August 2013 Myer Gallery, Geelong Gallery, Australia.

2010               En Pointe , Karen Woodbury Gallery , Melbourne,

2009               Geelong Gallery , Victoria . " Magda Matwiejew - ' Vavara Beyond Memory " instalation in the Myer Gallery 7 - 22 Feb. Melbourne

2008               Broken Spell , Karen Woodbury Gallery , Melbourne. 18 -15 June. Melbourne

2006               Arabesque, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

2004               Vavara: Beyond Memory, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

2000               The River, Smyrnios Gallery, Melbourne

1998               Works on Paper, Smyrnios Gallery, Melbourne

1994              The Way of the Animal Powers, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

1992               Myths and Secrets, Luba Bilu Gallery, Melbourne

1992               Recent Paintings, Realities Gallery, Melbourne

1988               Paintings & Works on Paper, Realities Gallery, Melbourne

1987               Magda Matwiejew, Anima Gallery, Melbourne    

1986               Paintings & Works on Paper, Realities Gallery, Melbourne

1984               Magda Matwiejew, Pinacotheca, Melbourne

1982               Magda Matwiejew: Paintings, Pinacotheca, Melbourne

1979              Magda Matwiejew, Pinacotheca, Melbourne




16th International Short Film Festival of Torrelavega (FICT), "Morphette" May15-30, Cantabria, Spain

Les Nuits Coquines-Cinema Le Festival. May 21 / 23. "Morphette" ,Begles ,Bordeaux ,France

CINEMÍSTICA FILM FESTIVAL(PRIMAVERA CINEMÍSTICA 29 March to 29 June) "Morphette" 18th April. Granada. Spain

International Animation Festival BEAR, 15-27 March, "Morphette", Dresden, Germany.

15th Fargo International Film Festival. 3-7 March , "Morphette"Fargo , North Dakota, USA


26th Istanbul International Short Film Festival. 20-27th of November 2014 “Morphette” Istanbul, Turkey.

Venice International Video Art, Experimental Dance and Performance Festival November 19, Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi,”Morphette”November 19- 21.Venice, Italy.

Hybrid Identieies ,International Video Arty Festival, MECA Meditarraneo Centro Artistico “Morphette” Nov 22 Almeria Spain

OCATContemporary Art terminal Shanghai, AVIFF “Art Film Festival, “Wasp Waist “ 11-16 November , Shanghai, China

KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival.Morphette-October 27–November 3. EYE Film Institute, Amsterdam, Holland

13th International Kansk Video Festival (in competition) Morphette - 23 / 30 August,  Kansk , Siberia , Russia.

Lenola Flm Festival - Inventa Un Film -Morphette- July 30 – August 3, Lenola, Italy

Conflict: Contempory Responses To War curated by Samantha Littley . "Other Voices" From the 10th May to 7th September at the UQ Art Museum. Brisbane

Videoart Festival Miden,” Morphette” July 3-5, Katamata, Greece

Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival “Wasp Waist” July 10-13, Edgemar Center for the Arts, Santa Monica, California, USA

MashRome Film Fest, Installations Category. MORPHETTE, 3rd - 6th June, Rome, Italy at the Teatro dell’Orologio and Ara Pacis Museum

Vienna Independent Shorts, Animation Avantgarde Selection, "Mophette" Vienna, Austria, 23-29 May

Chilimonos, International Animation Festival , Santiago, Chili. “Morphette” 6- 11 May

MEDIAWAVE INternational Film and Music Festival, Fort Monostor, Kromaron, Hungary, 29 April-3 May." Mophette"

AVIF, Art Film Festival, Cannes, Wasp Waist , MAY 15- 21. France

ANIMFEST Athens International Animation Festival, Athens, Greece, 13- 19 March. “Mophette”

Shire International Short Film Festival, Wasp Waist , March 26 , Sydney, Australia


Sedicicorto International Film Festival,” Pretty Ballerina” 3/11 October , Forli, Italy

WOMEN MEDIA   ARTS AND FILM FESTIVAL curated by Maryam Kassaie & Vahid Vahed~ WASP WAIST , December 21-29, Sydney, Australia.

CINAMENA  Festival Internacionale de Cinema de Animação "Morphette" 13 – 17 November, Espinho, Portugal.

Paradise Remade curated by Toby Tatum, 01/12/1, Morphette , Electric PalaceCinema Hastings, UK

ANIMESTInternational Animation Festival "Morphette"October 4-13, Bucharest, Romania

Vavara Beyond Memory — Magda Matwiejew 20 July 2013 to 25 August 2013 Myer Gallery, Geelong Gallery, Australia,(moving image)

Videoholica International Video Art Festival (Out Of Focus)MORPHETTE, Varna, Bulgaria,1-6 August. (moving image)

Festival International du court-metrage de Lille 9-13 October, Morphette , Lille, France. (moving image)

Portland Oregon Womens Film Festival . “Wasp Waist” 3/7/2013 . Portland , Oregon . USA. (moving image)

MashRome Film Fest, Rome , “Wasp Waisy” Rome Italy 8- 11 May (moving image)


ALTER-NATIVE Internatinal Film Festival. Targu-Mures, Transylvania Romania (moving image).

FDVLAB, OpenLabs ,The Contempory Day, AIACE, “Looks Of Women From The World” From Invideo Archives . “Wasp Waist’’ October 6, Milan, Italy. (moving image)

Flatland International Film Festival, Lubok , Texas .USA Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts. “ Wasp Waist”18/20 October (moving image)

St Kilda Film Festival ,”Wasp Waist” Melbourne , Australia (moving image)


Painted Lips and Lolly Licks: Sexy film Festival, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (moving image)

INVIDEO by AIACE "Wasp Waist" 16/20 November , Milan , Italy (moving image)

Videoholica International Video Art Festival, Varna, Bulgaria, 5-12 August (moving image)

 San Gio - Verona Video festival "Pretty Ballerina"23/27 July . Italy (moving image)

Arts Centre, ‘Black Box White Cube: Aspects of performance in contemporary Australian art’, June to September 2011, Magda Matwiejew ,Melbourne , Australia (moving image)

Female Eye Film Festival ,”Pretty Ballerina” March 16-20. Nominated for best Experimental Film Torronto ,Canada (moving image)

St Kilda Film Festival , “Journey From Pinsk” May 25-30 . Melbourne. Australia (moving image)


St Kilda Film Festival , “Journey From Pinsk” May 25-30 . Melbourne. Australia (moving image)

London Independent Film Festival, “Journey From Pinsk” . April 15-27. London . UK (moving image)

Sexy International Paris Film Festival , June 24-27 . The grand Action Cinema . Paris France. (moving image)

Tiburon International Film Festival , “Journey From Pinsk “ March 18-26,California , USA (moving image)

The Female Eye Film Festival , “ Journey From Pinsk” Toronto , Canada. March 24-26 (moving image)

Byron Bay International Film Festival, N.S.W. Austaralia.. “Journey From Pinsk” March 5-13 (moving image)

18th CineRail Festival , International festival train and Metro on film “ Journey From Pinsk” Cinema Reflet Medicis 2-9 March . Paris , France. (moving image)

“Painted Lips and Lolly Licks : The Sexy Film Festival”Mayfair Cinema “dot com” Feb 12 . Ottawa Canada. (moving image)

Flatland Film Fest . LHUCA ."Pretty Ballerina" Lubbock , Texas. 13/15 October (moving image)


INVIDEO 2009. by AIACE "Journey From Pinsk" 12th -16th November. Milan . Italy. (moving image)

The Moving Image Film Festival , " "Journey From Pinsk" Toronto, Canada .October 17 (moving image)

QUT ,the Block , Brisbane. Traverse curated by Steven Danzig and Lubi Thomas for IDA Projects . "Journey From Pinsk" 23 July / 8 August . Australia (moving image)

7th Female Eye Film Festival . March 25-29. Toronto Canada . "dot com" nominated for best animation. (moving image)

Wisconsin Film Festival 2009. " dot com" April . Madison . USA. (moving image)


INVIDEO 2008. by AIACE "Insect" 12th -16th November. Italy. (moving image)

Istanbul International Animation Fetsival . 21-30 Nov. "Broken Spell" Turkey (moving image)

Mir Festival , Melina Cultural center . Athens . 20th September. "Broken Spell" Greece. (moving image)

Sexy International Film Festival . 6th September. Melbourne . Australia . "Insect" (moving image)

Atom Awards 2008 Melbourne Victoria Australia." Broken Spell " finalist for best Experimental Film. (moving image)

Tokyo Film Festival, part of the Yokohama Art Project, partnered by TEPIA . Advanced Technology Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.18th -25th October ."dotcom" courtesy of Vernacular Terrain IDA projects . (moving image)

Liquid Room . Video Art  and Architecture .  "Broken Spell" National Center for Contemporary Arts. Feb1 -8 2008 .Moscow, Russia. (moving image)

IDAP  "The Vernacular  Terrain "  "Broken Spell" SonZhuang Art Museum , Beijing ,China 15 Dec -15Jan 2008 (moving image)

Urban Identity.  Monkeytown in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York . USA . March 30th "Broken Spell" (moving image)

After Urban . Internalional Video and Architercture event . Broken Spell. Feb 2008 . Culural Center of Spain ,San Salvador. El Salvador. Soth America. (moving image)


Westgarth  Film festival    . Palace Westgarth Cinema . " Broken Spell" December  6 - 9.  Melbourne (moving image)

International Experimental Film Festival Carbunari  in Florean Museum, Baia Mare, Romania  November 16-17, 2007 " Broken Spell" (moving image)

Digital Long Island Media Festival.   New York . Nov 10  2007.  IMAC Theatre . Huntington.  Liquid Room IAC Collection.  "Insect"  USA (moving image)

San Diego Women Film Festival  October 4-7, 2007  .Museum of Photographic Arts and Reuben H. Fleet  Science Center in Balboa Park, San Diego, California.  "Insect" USA (moving image)

The Melbourne Underground Film Festival 20-30 September ." Broken Spell" (moving image)

IDAP  "The Vernacular  Terrain "  "BrokenSpell" QUT .  Creative industries Block Gallery Brisbane . Australia  28th August. (moving image)

The Darwin Festival , 16th August . "Insect " Darwin. Australia (moving image)

IDAP . ZAIM Art Space Yokohama (partnership  with Yokohama Art Project, city of Yokohama and the Japan Foundation) "Broken Spell". July 23. Japan (moving image)

NYC Downtown Film Festival audeience choise screenings . Duo Theatre."Insect" 13th August . NY America  (moving image)

After Urban - Videoart & architecture event . "Insect" March 1, 2007 Meyerson Hall - University of Pennsylvania, 34th & Walnut - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – USA (moving image)

After urban. "Insect"  San Salvador , Colonia San Benito , Cultural Center of Spain, El Salvador , Sept 8th - 29 ,   South America (moving image)

After Urban ."Insect"  Nomad Urban Video Festival Bucharest , Romania October 3rd  .(moving image)

 Athens Video Art Festival . 27th-29th April Technopolis Cultural center.  "Insect" Athens ,Greece,  (moving image)

The Dashangzi International Art Festival . Video ,New Media . curated by Zhu Qu 'Insect  " 798 Art District, Beijing, China. April -May (moving image)

 St Kilda Film Festival   5th to 10th June ."Insect". Melbourne  Australia. (moving image)

 Liquid Room , Cultural Communication Center Klaipeda, Lithuania  . "Insect"  may24-26 (moving image)

 New England Regional Art Museum Armidale . N.S.W. 9th March . IDA/Harries."Insect"( moving Image)

 Pinnacles Regional Art Gallery . Townsville. Queensland. April19th IDA/Harries"Insect" (moving image)                         

 San Fransisco International Womens Film Festival, U.S.A 15th April , Minna Gallery . "Insect"(moving Image)

Winsconsin International  Film Festival.  Madison . April 12 th to the 15 th  U.S.A. "Insect"(moving Image)

After Urban, University of Pensilvania, Philadelphia, USA, “Insect” (moving image)


Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF), Melbourne, “Insect” (moving image)

New Media-Film-Video-Photomedia, Today Art Museum, Beijing . China  “Insect” (moving image)

Atom Awards, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, ACMI Cinemas, Melbourne, “Insect” (moving image)

To Much Freedom, LA Freewaves New Media Arts, UCLA Center Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA, “Arabesque” (moving image)

Meeting Place, Keeping Place, George Adams Gallery, The Arts Centre, Melbourne

Temporary Cities, National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia, “Arabesque” (moving image)

Temporary Cities, Cultural Communication Centre of Klaipeda, Lithuania, “Arabesquet” (moving image)

The Harries: National Digital Art Award, Queensland University of Technology, Arts Precinct, Brisbane “Insect” (moving image)

The San Francisco Women’s Film Festival, San Francisco, USA, “Arabesque” (moving image)

Indiana International Video Art And Architecture Festival, Indiana University Art Gallery, USA, “Arabesque” (moving image)

River's Edge Film Festival, International ArtExpo Collection, Paducah, Kentucky USA, “Arabesque” (moving image)

Temporary Identities, The Third Novosibirsk International Festival of Digital Imaging, Animation & Video-Art, Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Russia, “Arabesque” (moving image)

White mantle - the winter landscape in Australian art, Geelong Gallery, Victoria, Installation  “Vavara” (moving image)


New Media-Film-Video-Photomedia, Today Art Museum, Beijing . China “Arabesque” (moving image)

International Digital Art Awards, Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania, Launceston

International Digital Art Awards, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, VCA, Melbourne (moving image)

International Digital Art Awards, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane

International Digital Art Awards, QUT, Brisbane, “Vavara: Beyond Memory” (moving image)

Sight Specific South, screening of moving image, Lume Laneway Screen Space, Melbourne, “Vavara: Beyond Memory” (moving image)

Metamorphosis, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria

Nature, RMIT Project Space, Melbourne

Ansett Art Award, Hamilton Art Gallery, VIC

Miniatures, Realites Gallery, Melbourne

Artists Against Animal Experimentation, Deutscher Fine Art, Melbourne

Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

Selected Works, Realites Gallery, Melbourne

Notations, Victoria University Gallery, Melbourne

A New Generation, Australian National Gallery, Canberra


Australian War Memorial Art Collection
BHP Billiton Art Collection, Melbourne
Geelong Regional Gallery, VIC
Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane
National Gallery of Victoria
Philip Morris Collection, Melbourne
The University of Melbourne Collection

INVIDEO by A.I.A.C.E. Milan , ITaly



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Ashley Crawford“En Pointe: Magda Matwiejew” Reviews , Art Link , Vol 30 no 4 ,December 2010

 Rebecca Howden “En Pointe” Arts , Lip Magazine , 4/ 8 / 2010

 Annie Stevens “Labouring The Point” The Arts , The Age, Article. 30 / 7 / 2010

Bejamin Preiss , In focus ," Jorney From Pinsk",Melbourne Weekly , May 19-25 2010

Film Buffs Forcast, Paul Harris interview Magda Matwiejew , "Journey From Pinsk "29 .5.2010

Sandra Lischi “No destination” exhibition of Video and Cinema Beyond., Invideo 2009 catalogue. Magda Matwiejew , “journey From Pinsk” page 87

 Sandra Lischi  ,Land and Skies , exhibition of Video and Cinema Beyond . Invideo 2008 catalogue.Magda Matwiejew "Insect " page 81

Rachael Watts “ The Space Between” Karen Woodbury Gallery Catalogue. Magda Matwiejew Broken Spell. 2008

"The Vernacular Terrain Survey Catalogue 1999 to 2008 . "Steven Danzig. pg 51. Magda Matwiejew

Australiann Film Commission . Australian Short Films 227/2008. Animation," Broken Spell "page 117.

Australiann Film Commission . Australian Short Films 2006/2007  . Experimental , Insect page 148 and 160.

Wang Honghai (China) Steve Danzig  Australia .
 2006 International Digital Art and Harries National Digital Art Awards . New Medium Art Lab . Beijing Film Academy . Catalogue.  Insect . Magda Matwiejew .  Beijing China.

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