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Momodu-Gordon discusses the life and works of photographer Mimi Cherono Ng'ok. Cherono Ng'ok is of a generation of African artists who have found a spotlight for themselves on the world stage without having to move to Europe or America. In her recent photographs, she calls to places at the edge and along the shore, away from the spectacle of stereotypes of Africa and toward the beauty residing in everyday life.
While there may be no such thing as "African photography," there is an essential set of platforms for critical engagement with the medium. New sites build upon older foundations and no platform is more influential, perhaps, than Bamako Encounters: African Biennale of Photography in Mali, which since 1994 has provided a critical meeting place for photographers and has linked West Africa with practitioners from across the continent and the diaspora.