Mimi Cherono Ng’ok

  • by Alan Taylor

Mimi Cherono Ng’ok is a Kenyan photographer who lives and works in Nairobi. ⁠⠀
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One series of hers that we love is her untitled project started in 2013 "My friend committed suicide and because I couldn't attend his funeral, I went on almost a pilgrimage, trying to make sense of what happened,"⁠⠀
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We love how so touches on these reoccurring motifs whether they are newly discovered or memories from her childhood coming back to her adult life during her journey across Africa. She thinks her urgency to roam was likely born out of never feeling at home in Nairobi. “That sense of outside-ness has compelled me to always move around and see where I can find a home,” she says. “But what changed I guess in making this series I came to understand [home is] not a place.” Home, for her, is a state of mind.⁠⠀
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We also loves her concept on the content of the subject of the photographs “In this series the place became almost equal to the person,” she says. “I think previously when I was shooting, people were central in the narrative. And in this series, or in this project, what happened was the place became the second character.” London, New York and Paris are all “known” characters, argues Ng’ok, but Nairobi, Kigali and Johannesburg, less so. Ng’Ok hoped to establish these places as having their own distinct ideas: “I wanted to make central these places that have been on the periphery as characters themselves.”⁠⠀
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We love her work and always would love to hear what you think in the comments below.⁠⠀

 

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