Born in 1983, Mimi Cherono Ng’ok is a Kenyan photographer, based in Nairobi. In 2006 she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from the University of Cape Town. With support from the Edward Ruiz photography mentorship award, Cherono completed a photographic series on African immigrants living in South Africa and had a solo exhibition at the Market Photo Workshop gallery in Johannesburg and Maputo. She has participated in exhibitions in Cape Town, Nairobi, Atri (Italy), Tarifa (Spain) and Berlin. In 2011, Cherono won 1st place in the PhotoAfrica contest for her photograph ‘Self-portrait.’
In 2010 she was commissioned by the African Arts Institute in Cape Town, to support the publication ‘Voices, African Artists living and working in Cape Town;’ her photographs are included with a compilation of testimonials documenting refugees artists living in South Africa. In 2013 she was in residence as a Sacatar fellow in Bahia, Brazil. Recently Cherono was selected as 2014 Visas pour la Création laureate.