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 Sitti, a social enterprise based in Jerash Camp, Jordan. Jackie first arrived in the Middle East in 2011 as a Fulbright Fellow working alongside 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 reported stories for the independent newspaper, The Bucks County Herald, and the MENA news platform, Wamda. She has also produced and contributed to the Webby Award-winning Middle East radio documentary podcast, Kerning Cultures.
She is an alum of the Missouri Photojournalism Workshop.68 , and the recipient of the 2017 Phillips' Mill Photographic Exhibition Patron's Award for her documentary photography of the Philadelphia International Airport following the Trump administration's Muslim Ban.
Contact her directly at: sofia(dot)jacqueline(at)gmail(dot)com
(Image courtesy of Nolan Ryan Trowe)
"...Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget." (Arundhati Roy)