Ep 70: Jackie Sofia

Jackie is the creator and facilitator of The Narrative Projects. The initiative uses documentary strategies and participatory media to illuminate the unknown stories of the refugee experience in the MENA region and North America.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Sofia is an artist and educator whose work stems from participatory methodologies, combining ethnographic research and investigative reporting. Her work focuses primarily on marginalized and underrepresented narratives in the Middle East and North America. Jackie is the creator and facilitator of The Narrative Projects. The initiative uses documentary strategies and participatory media to illuminate the unknown stories of the refugee experience in the MENA region and North America. She is the co-founder of a social enterprise based in Jerash Camp, and the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship (2011-12) for her research on the ex-Gazan refugee community in Jordan.

She has produced content for outlets including Monocle24, News Deeply, NPR’s Weekend Edition, WNYC’s On The Media and WHYY’s The Pulse. She has also reported for the Bucks County Herald in Bucks County PA, and the MENA news platform, Wamda. She is a regular producer/contributor for the Middle East radio documentary podcast, Kerning Cultures.

Women work in the Sitti social enterprise workshop in Jerash “Gaza” Refugee Camp in Jordan, on May 28, 2018. Among these women and artisan soap makers is Ikram- a mother and wife. She is also the daughter-in-law to a first-generation woman of Jerash “Gaza” Refugee Camp, Um Fatteh. (Photo by Jacqueline M. Sofia)

Shooting War Pt1: Lauren Walsh

Part one of our conversation on shooting war and conflict. Lauren Walsh, an expert on conflict photography, is a professor and writer. She teaches at The New School and New York University, where she is the director of the Gallatin Photojournalism Lab. She is also the director of Lost Rolls America, a national public archive of photography and memory. 

Walsh’s newest book, Conversations on Conflict Photography (2019), examines the value of documenting war and humanitarian crisis in the contemporary moment. She is the editor/co-editor of three other books on photography: Macondo, a photo book documenting the long-term conflict in Colombia; Millennium Villages Project, a photography book on efforts to relieve extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa; and The Future of Text and Image, with collected essays on visual culture and literary studies. She has also published widely in academic and mainstream media. Walsh is currently co-directing Biography of a Photo, a documentary film about two iconic images of conflict, and her research concentrates on questions of visual media and ethics. She holds a PhD from Columbia University and has been distinguished with NYU’s Excellence in Teaching award.

Members of the Serbian paramilitary group known as Arkan’s Tigers with Muslim civilians who have just been shot, Bijeljina, Bosnia, 1992. © Ron Haviv/VII.
The mother of Khan Mohammad, a three-month-old child who passed away due to the cold, is comforted before the child is washed and buried in the Nasaji Bagrami Camp for displaced persons in Kabul, Afghanistan, February 8, 2012. © Andrea Bruce/NOOR

Ep 64: Claire Beckett

Born and raised in Chicago, Claire Beckett earned a BA in Anthropology at Kenyon College. She then worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa, before going on to earn an MFA in Photography at Mass College of Art.

She is represented by Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston. Her photographs have been featured in solo exhibitions at Carroll and Sons, Bernard Toale Gallery, the University of Rhode Island, and the Wadsworth Atheneum and in group shows at Mass MoCA, the National Portrait Gallery, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Aperture Foundation, the Haggerty Museum, the deCordova Museum, the Photographic Resource Center, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Hendershot Gallery, FOTODOK (NL), and the Noorderlicht Festival (NL), among others. She is a recipient of an Artadia Award, a Blanche Coleman Award, and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant, and has been artist-in-residence at Light Work. Her book dummy “Hearts and Minds” is shortlisted for the 2018 Book Dummy Award at Unseen Platform, Amsterdam.

From the series: Hearts and Minds