CHEMU NG’OK

b. 1989 Nairobi, Kenya
Lives and works in Grahamstown

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Ivy Brandie Chemutai Ng’ok hails from Nairobi, Kenya. She recently completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts, specialising in painting, at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. She is 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 is currently working towards completing her Masters degree in Fine Arts while practicing full time.

As a young up-and-coming painter, Ng’ok devotes herself to investigating the dynamics of relationships on personal, psychological, political and spiritual levels. She uses paint like a scalpel, to expose the tensions hidden in the various African societies she has experienced, and investigate how belief systems continually shift between indigenous tradition and western modernity, the rational and irrational, the conscious and unconscious, the scientific and the realm of superstition, myth, folklore and oral history. Her work opens up a space of questioning by unfolding narratives that combine reality and dream, truth and imagination.

Chemu Ng’ok will complete her Master of Fine Arts Degree at Rhodes University, in Grahamstown, South Africa in 2017. She 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.

Ng’ok is currently presenting her first solo presentation at the 2017 FNB Joburg Art Fair in Johannesburg, South Africa.