First solo exhibition of Mimi Cherono Ng'ok at Tiwani Contemporary. 'Everyone Is Lonely in Kigali' features works from a project bookmarked by two journeys to Brazil, marking a period of major emotional transformation and shifting perspective for the artist.
Taken in locations as varied as Dakar, Accra, Berlin, Abidjan, Kampala, Kigali, Nairobi and Johannesburg, 'Everyone Is Lonely in Kigali' reflects a life in movement. However, the images contain no traceable markers of geographical location and their light suggests a liminal state in time of neither dawn nor dusk.
While, on the one hand, the images suggest a sense of being adrift, uprooted, or away from home, their open-endedness also allows them to transcend the specificities of place and time. Cherono Ng’ok returns to visual repetitions of her own ‘obsessions’: trees, the tropics and horses. An unidentified male figure gives rise to feelings of lust, longing and loss, and becomes a metonym for a previous relationship, a current affair and a future experience: ‘a man in my life, or many, or none.’