About

Miloushka bokma is a visual artist, mainly working in the field of Photography and video. The personal and emotional history which every man carries is the premise of her work. Memories are experiences reflected in someone's face, glance or posture. They are signals, as elusive traces in the body: manifest or suppressed. They are a staged-in-context situations, where the human capacity and inability to relate to his or her own history become visible and tangible. There appear to be, however, unsolved riddles.
Miloushka Bokma was born in 1971 in Curacao, at age 3 she moved to the Netherlands, Amsterdam. Where she still lives and work. She graduated from the Academy of Arts in Utrecht in 1995. Her work has been exhibited and screened both nationally and internationally. Including exhibitions in: Soho century plaza Shanghai, Gallery of photography Dublin, Art Amsterdam, Art Rotterdam, Houston center for photography , Reuten Gallery Amsterdam, Cicterna art gallery Moscow, Fries Museum Leeuwarden, Holland Tunnel art gallery New York, photo festival Lodz, Poland. She is represented by Gallery Reuten, Amsterdam.

Personalia

  • name: Miloushka Bokma
  • born: 19/02/’71
  • email: mail@miloushkabokma.nl
  • mobilephone: +31 (0) 644521951
  • gallery: Reuten Amsterdam
    contact: Antoinette Reuten
    Prinsengracht 510-s
    phone: 020-6207537

Stipendia

Funding Artprojects Amsterdam South
Funding Art Projects Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst
Funding Art Projects Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst
Funding Art projects Amsterdam Noord
Funding Artprojects Amsterdam Oud-Zuid
Basic stipendium, Mondriaan fonds
Startstipendium , Mondriaan fonds

Exhibitions/ Screenings

2019
Duo exhibition, photo and video installation Reuten Gallery Amsterdam
Screendance Miami
2018
National center for Contemporary arts Ekaterinburg, Rusia
Visions 2018, Nunnery Gallery London

  • International Photography and visual arts Festival, Braga, Portugal
  • Pool International Tanzfilm Festival Berlin
  • Summer Salon Reuten Gallery, Amsterdam
  • premiere Thuis, Home, Heimat. Cinedans Festival, Eye Amsterdam
  • Video Art Miden, Greece
    2017
  • Pearl Artist Prize, Pool , International Tanzfilm Festival Berlin
  • Museum Tot Zover, multimedia installation, Amsterdam
  • Reuten Gallery, Het Portret
    2016
    Visions, Nunnery Gallery London
    POOL 16 - INTERNATIONALES TanzFilmFestival BERLIN
    *Jumping Frames/ Hong Kong
  • publication Vorn Magazine, 10 pages
    Reuten Gallery Amsterdam, duo exhibition
    Festival Miden Kalamata, Greece
    60 seconds Film Festival Pakistan
    Cinedans Festival, Eye Amsterdam
    *Videoscreening in the public space, Zuidplein Amsterdam
    2015
  • 7th Cairo video festival, Cairo
  • Renaissance Photography Prize, London
  • Dance on screen festival, Eye film museum Amsterdam
  • Reuten Gallery Amsterdam, video and photography installation
    2014
  • ReCulture 2014 Festival Miden/ Greece
  • Art in public transport Bratislava
  • An urban film map/ Athens
  • International biennale of African contemporary art / Dak’Art Senegal/ video presentation
  • Rapid Pulse international performance festival Chicago/ video presentation
  • Art Rotterdam, Reuten gallery, Rotterdam /photo and video
    2013
  • Video Nomad, Tunesie/ video presentation
  • Photo Bienal Tenerife
  • Reuten Gallery, Installation Softly to Not, Amsterdam
  • Multimedia installation at Zuid WTC Amsterdam
  • Video festival Miden, Greece
  • Goethe Institute Hanoi,presentation photo & videowork, Vietnam
  • Cinedans, One minute dance video, Eye film institute Amsterdam
  • Art Rotterdam Art fair, stant Reuten Gallery, Rotterdam
    2012
  • Video installation Soho century plaza Shanghai
  • Solo exhibition Inkijk Gallery, art in public space Metro station Amsterdam
  • 12hours TOBEPRESENT, live performance and video de Balie Amsterdam
  • Groupshow 'Vriendschap en andere ongemakken' Reuten gallery
  • Groushow LENSBased/ Reuten gallery Amsterdam
  • 21 Rozendaal, space for contempory art Enschede
    2011
  • Art Amsterdam Reuten Gallery, Amsterdam
  • Gallery of Photography Dublin, Ireland
  • Photofestival Lödz, Poland
  • Video and live performance festival something Raw, Frascati Amsterdam
    2010
  • Polderlicht@home, Amsterdam
  • Groupshow Reuten Gallery, Amsterdam
  • Art-Amsterdam Reuten Gallery, Amsterdam
  • Six window photo’s in the public space, OBA , Coenen-Lydia Amsterdam
    2009
  • Houston Center for Photography, Houston US
  • Group expo Reuten Gallery, Amsterdam
  • Solo Reuten Gallery, Amsterdam
  • Art Amsterdam, Rai Amsterdam
  • Art amsterdam, reuten gallery, Amsterdam

Thuis, Home, Heimat

The guiding principle of Thuis, Home, Heimat is the endless stream of photos of refugees that I see on a daily basis. Situations that touch me, a certain posture or face expression form images in my head that I put on scene on location.
I have consciously chosen to work with Western people. By letting Western people figure in my work, I want to bring the refugee problem closer. This is not something that is far away and therefore does not concern us. This can happen to us all.
Being displaced, losing and how you deal with this is a recurring theme in my work. I am interested in the common of emotions. That many experiences are universal, even if you experience them alone, is a comforting thought.

Cycles

Cycles (2015)combined with the videowork Cycles by Miloushka Bokma
Themes in this work is the meeting -the coming together of people and the farewell.
Each encounter carries also a goodbye. We say each time in a different way goodbye. Farewell in the broadest sense of the word. Saying goodbye to your childhood, or to your dreams and ideals, the growing apart of a friendship, a love grown cold, your child who is mature and independent and definitive goodbye that death brings.
watch video here

Zachtjes om het Niet/ Softly to Not

Softly to is Not a project I work on since 2010. The work consists of a combination of photo and video work. The videos I made are twofold. One part consists of a video and the other part is a photo, before or after the filmed situation. In this combination of photo and video work I examine the time element and show a sequel, or just a beginning, which is not necessarily linear in construction. Meanwhile, the project Softly to Not consist of six short video’s and a series of photo's. Which are come together in one installation, The installation "Softly for not" seems to be a cross between a travel altar and an enlarged letter tray.

For video's see Videowork

Cause and Effect

The personal and emotional history which every man carries is the premise of my work. Memories are experiences reflected in someone's face, glance or posture. They are signals, as elusive traces in the body: manifest or suppressed. I examine the language of the body in relation to its environment. They are a staged-in-context situations, where the human capacity and inability to relate to his or her own history become visible and tangible. There appear to be, however, unsolved riddles. The situations I create are snapshots of a personal history,

Clue

In CLUE there is always one element passed to the next image. I chose environments where elements are concealed and on the other site reveals. It is the attempt to penetrate layers behind reality. As an archaeologist I filleting these layers behind the surface. The people I photograph, are because of these archaeological perspective also a kind of object of study. As a viewer you try understand their story and motivations,like a detective looking for clues, but leads to solutions that do not. It is a series that raises questions rather than answering them.

GrandMaMa/ GrandPaPa

A series of portraits of the great grandmother or great grandfather with their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Photographed in the house of the parents of large.

Splitsecond

In these series I captured moments who normally go too fast to photograph. Stopping this movement works as a metaphor for channeling the emotions of the portrait one. They're in their own world, what remains are the traces of past events in there face and body.

Encounter

A fraction of a second, that magical moment you stop the world, I think is one of the finest, most fascinating principles of photography. How would the photo look like if I have seen it a few seconds later​​?

WinterWende presentation public space

26, 27, 28 of januari 2016 the videowork WinterWende and Cycles where showed at het Zuidplein Amsterdam.
One screening at the big screen next to the entrance of Station Zuid, non stop 24 hours (every 10 minutes)
the other screening at the end of Zuidplein on a big screen with sound. from 17.00 till 20.00 in a loop.

Zachtjes om het Niet/Softly to Not

The personal and emotional history which every man carries is the premise of my work. Memories are experiences reflected in someone's face, glance or posture. They are signals, as elusive traces in the body: manifest or suppressed. I examine the language of the body in relation to its environment. They are a staged-in-context situations, where the human capacity and inability to relate to his or her own history become visible and tangible. There appear to be, however, unsolved riddles. The situations I create are snapshots of a personal history, in which I try to uncover hidden layers of the inner aspects of human existence.
In my latest video works I stretch the image in time. The characters -situated in public spaces- stand for a certain emotion of the one, that is displayed and magnified in the respond of the other.Loss, mourning, saying goodbye, rediscover yourself and connectedness are recurring themes.

Cinedans Fest 2020

My new video work Breath to Breath will be showed at Cinedans 17th international edition at Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam.

Join us for a celebration of dance film as contemporary film genre – physical, visual and poetic – from the newest developments to its origin and evolution.

Cinedans FEST '20 presents works from all over the world and shows all dance styles and its correlating (sub)cultures.

Human Rights Film Festival Barcelona

My video Thuis, Home, Heimat is selected for this festival in Barcelona.

Cinema Akil Dubai

Screen Dance Miami 2019

My Video work Thuis, Home, Heimat is selected for the Screen Dance Miami 2019.
The program highlights choreographers and directors working with emerging and new concepts in movement and dance on film and dance on camera. The festival has been created to support professionals in this field and to support the development of dance created for the camera.

National center contemporary arts Rusia

Videowork Cycles

Pool International Tanzfilm Festival Berlin

Cinedans Festival 2018

Pearl Artist Prize POOL Festival Berlin

PEARLS & PEARLS ARTIST PRIZE
https://vimeo.com/234862108

PEARLS are the equal winningfilms of POOL - INTERNATIONALES TanzFilmFestival BERLIN.

With the PEARLS ARTIST PRIZE POOL honors for the second time outstanding artists in the field of dance film.
This year Miloushka Bokma and Adi Halfin will receive the PEARLS ARTISTS PRIZE for their ongoing productions that combine dance and films.

Premiére Thuis, Home, Heimat Eye Amsterdam

Cinedans – Dance on Screen Festival, taking place from 14-18 March in EYE. During this five-day international edition, we show carefully selected dance film shorts that are competing for one of the awards.

Museum Tot Zover

Intieme fotoportretten, magische momentopnames, video´s en geschilderde filmstils. Dit alles is te zien in de multimedia installatie ‘Zachtjes om het Niet’ van Miloushka Bokma. ‘Zachtjes om het Niet’ is tijdelijk opgenomen in de vaste presentatie van Museum Tot Zover en vanaf deze week te bewonderen.

Museum Tot Zover, Kruislaan 124, Amsterdam

Kaltblut Magazine

My latest photoserie is published in Kaltblut Magazine Berlin

Beauty and consolation/ Braga/Portugal

Encontros da Imagem

“Beauty and Consolation”

The human condition is defined by its limitations and dissatisfactions. Faced with the bewilderment of the world, humans search for the meaning of existence in pursuit of peace and harmony. We live in an incessant search, trying to find solace for our pain and suffering. We are obsessed with happiness and pleasure but struggle to find consolation.

We nurture singularity and freedom but at the same time we value the sense of belonging and security. Individuality and society are both complementary and antagonistic: within the family, the community and institutions. On the other hand, our collective memory shapes us within this cycle of constant transformation, thus conditioning both our understanding and our vision of the future.

The vertiginous acceleration and mechanization of the world in this era of haste and apathy causes confusion and disorientation. The agitation of contemporary life leads to fragmentation and indifference. We must find an antidote for the hyperactive disquiet which consumes us and distances us from nature and from ourselves. Could it be that our reconciliation with the world can be done through the contemplation of the aesthetic. Could Beauty be our salvation?

Encontros da Imagem, proposes a reflection on “Beauty and Consolation”. The 2018 edition will take place from the 21st of September to the 28th of October, 2018.

Publications

Interview CineWoman, publication Kaltblut, Parool, Vorn Magazine

Pool international Tanzfilm Festival Berlin 2018

Exhibitions 2008 till 2009

This is a overview of different exhibitions and screenings.
Cicterna Gallery Moscow, At Art Amsterdam, Reuten Gallery,

Exhibitions 2010-2011

Exhibitions at Art Amsterdam, Houston Photograpy center, Fotofestiwal Lödz

Exhibitions 2012

Exhibitions at: Inkijk Gallery, Reuten Gallery, Shanghai, De Bali Amsterdam

Exhibitions 2013 - 2014

Art Rotterdam, Photobienale Tenerife, Reuten Gallery, Art in public space Zuidas, Art Rotterdam, Dakart biënale,

Exhibitions 2015

Cairo Video Festival, Cinedans Festival Eye, Reuten Gallery, Renaissance Photography prize

Exhibitions 2016

Exhibitions in:Houston center for Photography, Cicterna Gallery Moscow
Festival Lodz, Video Nomad, Art in public space.

To be Present De Balie 2012

12 hours TO BE PRESENT International Women's Day- 48 presentations by female creators.
Video and live performance by Lisa Groothof and Ana Ladas.