Reception and Artist's Talk: 'Limitless Africans'

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

In his powerful new photo book Limitless Africans, queer Nigerian-Swedish American photographer Mikael Owunna (Duke '12), a finalist in the 2019 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo, documents the compelling stories of over thirty LGBTQ African immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in ten countries in North America, the Caribbean and Europe. Through these narratives which are presented as portraits of the subjects accompanied by excerpted interviews, Owunna explores precolonial African sexuality and contemporary LGBTQ African narratives to debunk the myth that it is 'un-African' to be LGBTQ.

Mikael Chukwuma Owunna is an award-winning queer Nigerian-Swedish artist, photographer, Fulbright Scholar, and engineer born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mikael's work centers around identity while bending the medium with his engineering and multidisciplinary background (Duke '12). His projects: I am Atayal!, Limit(less) and Infinite Essence - have collectively exhibited across Asia, Europe and North America and been featured in media ranging from the New York Times, PBS, NPR, Al-Jazeera Plus, BuzzFeed and Teen Vogue to the official outlet of Taiwan's Ministry of Culture.

Image: A portrait of Brian, a queer Rwandan. Shot in Montreal, Canada by Mikael Owunna.

Event Speaker: 
Mikael Owunna
Event Location: 
Center for Documentary Studies
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CDS Front Desk
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Event Co-Sponsors: 
Africa Initiative,African and African American Studies (AAAS),Archive of Documentary Arts,Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity,Duke University Center for International and Global Studies,Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies,Office of Undergraduat...
Image from "Limitless Africans"