Nicole Marroquin

She // Her // Hers
They // Them // Theirs

[ID: A fifty-year-old Latinx person with glasses squints at the viewer. Their salt-and-pepper hair is in two long braids, and they are wearing a t-shirt with Huitzilopochtli on it.]

Interdisciplinary Artist, Educator, and Researcher
Chicago, IL
2022 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Builders Initiative.

Nicole Marroquin is a teacher, educator, and artist who explores spatial justice, belonging, and Chicago’s Latinx history through projects that decenter dominant narratives to address displacement and erasure. Marroquin researches student uprisings in Chicago Public Schools and queer Chicanx public memory, with the goal of recuperating public memory of youth and women’s leadership in the struggle for justice.

She has presented projects at the Association of Research Libraries’ annual conference, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Printed Matter, and more. In 2019, she was granted 3Arts and Propeller Fund awards. Her essays have appeared in an array of publications, including the Chicago Social Practice History Series, Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements, revista contratiempo, and Where the Future Came From.

Marroquin is a Sor Juana Award recipient and a member of the Chicago ACT and Justseeds artist collectives.

Portrait photo by Diana Solis.
  • Artwork by Nicole Marroquin
    Walkout at Harrison High School 1968, 2019. Silkscreen. Published with Hoofprint Studios. Photo by Liz Born.
    [ID: An illustration of a white, red, and brown monument on a blue background. The monument’s columns stretch and bend towards the entablature inscribed with the words "Carter Harrison Technical High School Walkouts Black Mondays." Below the words are two portraits — one of Victor Adams and the other of Sharron Matthews.]
  • Artwork by Nicole Marroquin
    untitled, 2018. Silkscreen, newspaper mastheads from bilingual, Spanish language and Latinx serving communities in Chicago, dimensions 23 × 48 inches. Published with Hoofprint Studios. Photo by Liz Born.
    [ID: An image of two uneven rows displaying the name plates of various publications such as "La Raza," "El Manana," and "The Hispanic Times." The typography and sizes vary, but all of the letters are printed in black and red on a white background.]
  • Artwork by Nicole Marroquin
    Future Community, made by youth from Benito Juarez High School between 2016 and 2017. ceramic, dimensions vary. Young Chicagoans created 213 tiny monuments to their own homes, facing down violent anti-immigrant rhetoric and gentrification.
    [ID: A row of miniature, hand-crafted ceramic row homes and stores. Other ceramic buildings are in the background, out of focus.]
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