Nicole Jaquis is a new media artist and teacher, committed to empowering others to utilize various multimedia technologies to explore and share personal stories, ideas, differences and commonalities, in the pursuit of transcending both geographical and cultural boundaries. Since 1998, Nicole has taught various forms of multimedia within technologically marginalized communities, for non-profits, the D.O.E. and other city agencies throughout Boston and NYC, as well as in rural areas throughout Northern India (specifically for this project). Her curricula inspires and empowers others to make use of video, audio, photography, journaling and the internet, as a venue for story telling.
With over 25 months in 5 trips under her belt, using the Kumbh Mela (the Hindu pilgrimage festival and largest gathering in the world) as a launch pad, Nicole has been documenting the Naga Sadhus and Sadhvis of Juna Akhara, (the largest and oldest organization of Shiva worshiping Hindu ascetics) throughout Northern India, since 2001. Though while based in Brooklyn, NY, Nicole has spent most of her time as a founding member of the Brooklyn based, non-profit multicultural arts collective, Projectile Arts, contributing to the development of the org. as a collaborating artist network, as well as the production of various web/graphic design projects, international documentary films, and large-scale events. She was the Associate Producer for their first feature length film Take Me to the River which documented the Maha Kumbh Mela of 2001.
Nicole has a BA in Photography and Philosophy from Lake Forest College; has completed graduate level coursework in educational multimedia development at Harvard University and photography at ICP. Her photography and video work have been exhibited through out New York, New England, and India.
She is also the developer of this website.