MIRIAM KRUISHOOP

Miriam Kruishoop is a Dutch/American award-winning visual artist and filmmaker. She
graduated with honors from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. MK won the “Citroen
Award” at the Dutch Film Festival for “Best Graduation Film”, for her short DA SILVA despite the
fact she was only in her 3rd year. She wrote and directed her first feature film VIVE ELLE when
she was in her 4th year, on an exchange program in Paris. While still in school she won multiple
awards for her short films SOMETIMES IT’S HARD TO BE A WOMAN and DA SILVA. She was
nominated for a “Tiger Award” at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and multiple “Gouden
Kalf” Awards at the Dutch Film Festival for her second feature UNTER DEN PALMEN, which
was unprecedented. She won the “Culture Prize of the City of Amsterdam” for her visual art and
was a runner up for the “National Dutch Culture Prize”.
MK’s work, from the stylized features VIVE ELLE and UNTER DEN PALMEN, starring 70’s film
icon Helmut Berger, to the politically conscious immigrant story GREENCARD WARRIORS,
centers around individuals who struggle with their isolated, sometimes alienated existence.
Fiction or reality, MK focuses on people and their stories, using their narrative to amplify the
conversation about the ‘invisible’ people in our society. In her earlier work MK’s ‘stories’ evolved
mainly around women addressing mental and physical abuse and isolation. Films like
SOMETIMES IT’S HARD TO BE A WOMAN, VEDETTE RABIES and VIVE ELLE show a more
literal interpretation of these themes featuring the interaction between men and women. While
later video installations like UNBREAKABLE, DISTRESS and WALK OF SHAME feature women
only, removing the male from the imagery. For example, in the multi-screen video installation
UNBREAKABLE we see a woman being hit by a fist that moves in and out of frame. The
beating has little effect. The woman remains composed. It reflects the long fight of women
slowly but surely strengthening their position in a male dominated society.
Having lived in the US for over a decade, MK has been strongly influenced by her surroundings
and American society at large—the disparity and the deliberate suppression of minorities, police
brutality, and racism. MK’s passion for exploring the cultural narratives in America spans a
diverse set of creative genres. For example, in her feature film GREENCARD WARRIORS she
focused on the issue of army recruitment of young undocumented Latinos. In her #ImAngryToo
solo exhibition from early 2015, MK tapped into a simmering sentiment well before the #METOO
movement. She also created a series of neons of curse words both in Arabic and English
playing in on the growing anti Muslim sentiment. She identifies a dialogue and feeling that is
prevalent and urgent today.
In her newly created video installation LIVING IN AMERICA, MK teamed up with teenager Niaya
Jones, a prominent ‘krumping’ dancer from Nickerson Gardens, Watts. Through dance, the
video helps us experience what it’s like being African American in today’s America and the pain
Niaya feels growing up in the projects. Like a film script MK’s works are carefully choreographed
and edited. She doesn’t use any special effects or computer manipulation.
MK works in different media, including film, video, neon, light, installation art and photography.
Her work has been exhibited by Reflex Modern Art Gallery, by The Witzenhausen Gallery in
New York and is currently represented by NL=US. MK has participated in numerous group
shows and international art fairs and film festivals around the world. She lives and works in Los
Angeles.

www.miriamkruishoop.com

Films & Video Installations

2020 Estilo Americano (short, writer, director)
2019 Living in America (video, choreographer/director)
2016 Sing You Home (feature, writer)
2015 Unbreakable (video, director/cinematographer/editor)
2014 Greencard Warriors (feature, writer/director/producer)
2012 Walk of Shame (video, cinematographer/director/editor)
2011 Hurt (video, cinematographer/director/editor)
2010 Possession (video, cinematographer/writer/director/editor)
2007 Condemned (video, director/editor)
2000 Sonic Fragments (video, director)
2000 Vedette (short, cinematographer/writer/director/editor)
2000 Unter Den Palmen (feature, writer/director)
1999 Rabies (short, cinematographer/writer/director/editor)
1998 Vive Elle (feature, cinematographer,/writer/director/producer/editor)
1997 Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman (short, cinematographer/writer/director/producer/
editor)
1996 Da Silva (short, writer/director/producer/editor)

Shows & Exhibitions

Scheduled
2020 Solo show LIVING IN AMERICA performance (1 month running) @ National Theater
Rotterdam – cancelled
2020 Group show, POSTER @ DENK Gallery, Los Angeles – cancelled
2019 Big Art art fair, Zaandam
2019 Group exhibition ‘State of Mind’ Go Gallery, Amsterdam
2019 Solo Exhibition ‘Living in America’ @ NL=US Art Gallery, Rotterdam
2018 YIA Art Fair, Paris
2017 Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair
2016 Art The Hague Art Fair (group)
2014 Summer photography exhibition Classics NL=US Art gallery
2015 ‘Street Life’, group show @ art gallery Pulchri Studio, The Hague
2015 Solo Exhibition ‘#I’mAngryToo” @ NL=US Art Gallery, Rotterdam
2013 KUNSTRAI Art Fair NL=US Art, Amsterdam
2013 Art at he Warehouse Art Fair NL=US Art
2010 PAN art fair, Amsterdam
2010 group show @ Witzenhausen Gallery, New York
2008 group photo exhibition Catto Gallery, New York
2007 photo exhibition Catto Gallery @ Tabby lounge, London
2003 photo exhibition Reflex Modern Art Gallery, Amsterdam
2000 photo & video mixed media exhibition de Paviljoens, Almere

Awards & Nominations

Best Director Award at the LA Latino Film Festival
Best Director at the New York International Film Festival
Best Latino Film at the New York International Film Festival
Best Director at La Femme Festival
Best Feature Audience Award at the Washington DC Independent Film Festival
Best Actor Award at the California Film Awards
Best Director at the Julian Dubuque International Film Festival
The Grand Jury Price at the Julian Dubuque International Film Festival
Tiger Award Rotterdam International Film Festival
Culture Prize of the City of Amsterdam
Fuji Short Film Award
Citroen Award Best Graduation film of the Netherlands
Gouden Kalf Best Cinematography
Nominated The Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ EDA Award at the St Louis International
Film Festival.
Nominated The Audience Award at Dallas International Film Festival
Nominated Best Soundtrack at Julian Dubuque International Film Festival
Nominated Gouden Kalf Best Director
Nominated National Dutch Culture Prize