Geboren in Curacao. Woont en werkt in Amsterdam.
Miloushka Bokma's photographs are an exciting combination of the carefully planned and the totally unexpected. It often seems that something has just happened or is about to happen and that, miraculously, she has been there at exactly the right moment. Bokma says "I'm often surprised when I'm on location. It feels like I’m getting little presents". It is this combination of the unforeseen and the deliberate that makes her work unusual and compelling. In Falling a woman is suspended in mid air, halfway between standing upright and lying on the ground. Her back is arched but she doesn't seem to be panicking. It looks as if she is about to be caught by the hand-like shadows of trees on the ground, but of course these are insubstantial effects of light. In much of her work Bokma seems to be an illusionist as well as a photographer and many of her images look like single frames from a film. . Each item seems both odd and mundane, so that the familiar is made strange and the strange made uncannily familiar. With amazing conciseness Miloushka Bokma invites us to wonder at the contemporary world. Her work is typical of the approach of the new generation of young photographers in the Netherlands as she has no misgivings about working on brand name commissions as well as her own projects outside the commercial sector. In fact, most clients give her considerable freedom when interpreting the brief, so she doesn't have to compromise or lose her distinctive, inventive way of working.
Fortunately, because of her commercial work she isn't restricted to the gallery space. This is ideal, as these meticulously composed images deserve a wide, appreciative audience..
Text by Siobhan Wall/ published in eyemazing magazine