Photo London Artproof Award

Thursday 18 May - Sunday 21 May 2017
Somerset House

The Photo London Artproof Award offers an emerging photographer an extensive international residency programme supported by REsidency Unlimited, New York; ME London; and Nicholas Stanley. A €5,000 production grant is then made available to print and frame a selection of photographs taken during this period at Artproof’s Tallinn print workshop.

The Photo London Artproof Award 2017 winner is Mimi Cherono Ng’ok

Mimi Cherono Ng’ok (b. 1983) is a Nairobi based Kenyan photographer. Working in locations as varied as Dakar, Accra, Berlin, Abidjan, Kampala, Kigali, Nairobi and Johannesburg, Mimi’s work expresses what she describes as ‘an emotional cartography’. Her images often contain no traceable markers of geographical location and their light suggests a liminal state in time of neither dawn nor dusk. The images suggest a sense of being adrift, uprooted, or away from home and their open-endedness allows them to transcend the specificities of place and time. Cherono Ng’ok often returns to visual repetitions of her own ‘obsessions’: trees, the tropics and horses.

This year’s judging panel was chaired by Stephen Barber, Chairman of Prix Pictet, and consisted of Emma Bowkett, Director of Photography at FT Weekend Magazine; Thibault Brunet, photographer and 2016’s Photo London John Kobal Residency Award winner; Jiyoon Lee, Executive Director of SUUM PROJECT London/Seoul; Sofia Vollmer de Maduro, Director and Curator of Alberto Vollmer Foundation.

After viewing a shortlist of eleven artists during the fair the judging panel decided upon Mimi Cherono Ng’ok’s work. Mimi was selected because of the strength of the series Everyone Is Lonely in Kigali which was on view at Tiwani Contemporary’s booth at Photo London 2017.

Honourable mentions go to Miho Kajioka represented by IBASHO; and Jaakko Kahilaniemi represented by Gallery Taik Persons.


Production grant funded by:

Artproof are an international art printing laboratory with locations in Tallinn, Stockholm and Berlin. Artproof works with artists to print their vision, as envisioned, and deliver it framed for private or public exhibition. They print over 60 photo exhibitions every year for artists from all over the world.


Residency arranged by:

REsidency Unlimited supports the creation, presentation and dissemination of contemporary art through its unique residency program and year-round public programs. We forge strategic partnerships with collaborating institutions to offer customised residencies designed to meet the individual needs of participating artists and curators.


Photo London Artproof Award has  received additional funding from Nicholas Stanley and ME London.