b. 1989 Nairobi, Kenya.
Lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya.
Chemu Ng’ok was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1989 – where she currently lives and works.
Ivy Brandie Chemutai Ng’ok completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts, specialising in painting, at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. She was the recipient of the Masters Bursary for 2015 – as part of the Mellon Foundation’s Visual and Performing Arts of Africa Research Focus Group – and completed her Masters degree in Fine Arts in 2017.
Most recently, Ng’ok presented her work as part of Songs for Sabotage at the Fourth New Museum Triennale in New York, USA. In 2017, Ng’ok presented her first solo presentation, Self Esteem for Girls, at the 2017 FNB Joburg Art Fair in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Ng’ok participated in the Popty International Artists’ Workshop in 2015 at the Penquoit Centre in Wales, UK. Notable exhibitions include: Speaking Back, alongside renowned international female artists like Kara Walker, Candice Breitz and Ellen Gallagher, in Cape Town, South Africa during 2015; and African Voices exhibition at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare, Zimbabwe in 2017.
Chemu’s work was recently part of the 2018 Triennial: Songs for Sabotage at the New Museum in New York, USA.“Songs for Sabotage” is the fourth edition of the New Museum Triennial, an exhibition series dedicated to emerging artists from around the world. The exhibition is curated by Gary Carrion-Murayari, Kraus Family Curator, and Alex Gartenfeld, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, with Francesca Altamura, Curatorial Assistant. The exhibition ran from 13 February to 27 May 2018.
Rhodes Student Exhibition, Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa.
Peter Schjeldahl | The New Yorker | Aesthetics and Politics at the New Museum’s Triennial | 5 March 2018 – PDF
Anna Stielau | ArtAfrica | Ivy Brandie Chemutai Ng’ok: A Glorious Mash-Up | September 2015 – PDF