Join photographer Mimi Cherono Ng’ok and author Edwidge Danticat on the occasion of the exhibition Mimi Cherono Ng’ok: Closer to the Earth, Closer to My Own Body—its title taken from a phrase by Danticat—for a conversation centered on community and home. They are joined by Antawan Byrd, associate curator of Photography and Media.
About the Speakers
Mimi Cherono Ng’ok was born in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1983. Her work explores intimacy, loss, memory, and the sentimental. Her influences include her good friend Paul Maheke, Dineo Seshee Bopape, and “The Muppet Show.” She loves whales and elephants and has five cows.
Edwidge Danticat is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory; Claire of the Sea Light; and Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work. She is a 2009 MacArthur Fellow, a 2017–18 Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellow, a 2020 United States Artist Fellow, and winner of the 2020 Vilcek Prize in Literature. Her most recent book, Everything Inside: Stories, is a 2020 winner of the Story Prize and the National Books Critics Circle Fiction Prize.
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The annual Hugh Edwards Lecture in Photography honors the memory of Hugh Edwards, curator of photography from 1959 to 1970. A tribute to Edwards’s tremendous dedication and achievements during his time at the Art Institute, this annual lecture has been established to bring internationally renowned practitioners in photography to as broad an audience as possible.
Supported in part by the Crossed Purposes Foundation.
Photo courtesy of Mimi Chereno Ng’ok; Photo of Edwidge Danticat by Carl Juste
Major funding for Mimi Cherono Ng’ok: Closer to the Earth, Closer to My Own Body is provided by Catherine and Mamadou-Abou Sarr and Joyce Chelberg. Additional support is contributed by Richard Hay, Jr.