For LIVING IN AMERICA, video is used to help connect us to the unique experience of being black in America. For the video installation, which was shot in high definition at 200 fames per second, Miriam collaborated with Niaya Jones, an 18-year-old African American girl from Nickerson Gardens, Watts. Nickerson Gardens is considered the poorest and toughest project in south central Los Angeles. Niaya Jones (aka BOSSLADY) is a prominent ‘krumping’ dancer from the area. Miriam and Niaya developed a dance choreography in which Niaya tells her story what it’s like to be a Gen Z teen growing up in America. Through dance, Niaya helps us experience the pain she felt when her best friend got shot by police right behind her home. Each movement captures the emotions that she has felt through many hardships, including not being able to meet her father who has been incarcerated most of her life(his first trial hearing is in 2032).