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Nicole Mackinlay Hahn


Director, Giving Birth In America: Arkansas

Nicole Mackinlay Hahn is a transdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and advocate whose work highlights sociopolitical ideas while amplifying stories of discovery and environmental futures. She grew up working a family business on Fire Island National Seashore, which led to many campfire conversations with park rangers and environmental stewards. With documentary roots, Nicole seeks a naturalistic approach across diverse communities around the globe.

Nicole has worked extensively in Africa, filming for her interactive project concerning workers in the garment industry. The resulting Mirror / Africa installation has been exhibited internationally, from the New Museum of New York to the London College of Fashion. Her continued interest in the lives of workers and food security led to The Welcome Table Project, commissioned by Louverture Films. Nicole directed a series of short film portraits that map the labor chain of food industry workers and were featured at the Tribeca Film Festival/Interactive. Her short film, Burkina, Princess Yennenga, featuring a series of intimate portraits of a group of Burkinabé women, is published on Nowness. Nicole’s documentary work has received multiple awards including a Gold Lion at the 2016 Cannes International Festival of Creativity.