I am home

In May 2008, a number of xenophobic attacks occurred in various cities in South Africa. Supported by the Edward Ruiz Mentorship grant for young emerging photographers, I produced a body of work around African immigrant experiences in South Africa. 


Angolans

 


Bella

The work titled I am home is a series of black and white portraits shot on medium format. This work seeks to create an archive of African immigrant experiences in South Africa, focusing on issues of displacement, mobility and identity. My focus on African immigrants in South Africa is an investigation addressing the sensitivity, subtlety and complexity of life in South Africa as an African, as the other other


Beleza

 


Paul

These photographs document ideas of loss, absence and explore the identity of home associated with movement and migration as well as explore ideas of difference within South African society. This work is an investigation of a different phenomenon, that of Africans immigrating within the continent. Their experiences and challenges in familiar yet culturally distant places. 


Phillip



Text and pictures © by Mimi Cherono Ng’ok 

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OBLIQUE
by ABRIE FOURIE
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I was born and raised in Apartheid South Africa, and experienced the transition to a democratic society as a teenager and …

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BORDER FARM PROJECT
by THENJIWE NIKI NKOSI
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The Border Farm Project is conceived by South African artist/filmmaker Thenjiwe Nkosi and Zimbabwean writer, farm worke …

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I AM HOME
by MIMI CHERONO NG’OK
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In May 2008, a number of xenophobic attacks occurred in various cities in South Africa. Supported by the Edward Ruiz Mentorship …

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SEIPONE
by LERATO SHADI
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My performances deal with absence and presence. They trace the absence of the presence, along the question where is here …

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NO HOLY COWS
by DLUNGWANA & GUMBI
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This is an interactive poetry based work looking at the idea of ownership and originality of the texts and idea we claim …

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THE “MADE IN MUSINA” PROJECT
by MADE IN MUSINA
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The MADE IN MUSINA Project aimed to create a living arts network linking the artists in the border town of Musina, providing …

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