Mathilde Ter Heijne is a Dutch artist and filmmaker based in Berlin. She is known for her multimedia works, which often combine film, photography, text, and sound. Her work is often politically and socially engaged, exploring themes of power, gender, and identity.
Ter Heijne studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. She has had solo exhibitions at numerous venues around the world, including the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
In her films, Ter Heijne often seeks to subvert traditional expectations of gender roles. In her 2007 film, “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” she explores how traditional gender roles are perpetuated and reinforced in modern society. The film follows three women in Amsterdam – a mother, a daughter, and a young woman – as they navigate their lives within the confines of traditional gender roles.
In addition to her work as a filmmaker, Ter Heijne has worked in a variety of other capacities. She has served as a jury member for film festivals, such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and has taught at various universities, including the University of Amsterdam and the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.
Her most recent project, “The World Needs More Women Leaders,” was co-commissioned by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. The project features a series of videos and installations that explore the importance of female leadership in the world today.
Ter Heijne’s work has been widely acclaimed and has earned her numerous awards, including the Dutch Film Critics Award and the International Jury Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival. She continues to be a powerful voice in the art world, pushing boundaries and exploring challenging topics with her unique multimedia works.