Margaret Ngigi | Kenya
Margaret Njeri Ngigi (born 1996), is a passionate emerging photographer and filmmaker. Born, raised and currently living in Kenya, her environment has always been a source of inspiration for her. While she has been an artist in many forms since she was young, she just started working with the camera over the last four years and recently started her filmmaking journey two years ago. Margaret is a film production student at the United States International University-Africa. She has attended workshops such as the CAP academy for photographic practices, held by Sana Sanaa studio, Goethe Institute and Brush Tu gallery. Her work has been shown in a number of spaces in Kenya, and recently she featured in Photo Basel’s first virtual exhibition as part of the special exhibition with a focus on emerging talents- ‘Beyond the Cosmos’.
Recent Short Films:
– Producer and director – My love My Best Friend, 2019.
– Producer and photographer – Murky Waters, 2019.
– Nominee Best Production Designer in a Film, Kalasha Film and TV Awards 2019.
– Winner Mask Prize 2019.
About Margaret’s latest series:
A series of photographic works titled Mke Mwema. Mke mwemwa translates to a good wife in Swahili. These images are part of a series that Margaret started in 2019, an attempt to understand femininity and marriage. She says: “When I look at my future self, as a wife, I wonder what kind of wife I would like to be and what options society offers me. I mainly use young models, women in their twenties like me. Through dressing and using other elements, such as body painting, I try to represent the different types of women I see in my society”.
Women have been, and continue to be the centre of most of her projects. By taking images of women, she makes an image of herself and tries to bring these issues affecting women to the limelight. This is very important for her as women as all around her continue to be oppressed by the society she lives in, and yet these issues are not talked about. Another topic she holds dearly is a mental illness which she addresses in her work, with specific projects. She uses props such as bandages, flower-crowns and cages to convey the message.
What truly drives her is the need to start conversations on issues that affect women and society at large. She is very passionate about feminism and the need to have safe spaces where women are able to hold conversations and also relate to her work and not feel alone with whatever issues they might go through.
Margaret is represented by AKKA Project.