Nicole Antebi she/her(s) is an animator/filmmaker who makes things that move, loop, and sometimes hold. She came of age on the northwest bank of the Rio Grande/Río Bravo on the El Paso/Juárez border. The importance of movement as it concerns the dignity of people and rivers was a formative part of her childhood and the foundation of the work she does today. She is an assistant professor of Illustration and Animation at The University of Arizona and previously taught at CUNY Queens College, SUNY Albany, and 2019 she was a visiting professor at la Universidad de las Américas, Puebla.
She is currently working in collaboration on an animated documentary about the Duranguito neighborhood of El Paso, Texas. And a second animated documentary, generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Digital Borderland’s Grant, made in collaboration with Victoria Blanco, Irene Baqué, the Rarámuri dressmakers of Chihuahua City, tells their story of forced migration from Mexico’s Northern Sierra Madre Mountains and how the process of dress making, wearing, and betting upholds the Rarámuri identity and resists assimilation.
She is also in the process of finalizing a four-part web series about the history, science, tools, and future of vaccines and viruses for The American Museum of Natural History with generous support from The City of New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.