Reception and Artist's Talk: "Limitless Africans"
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 center 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, Europem 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: Brian, a queer Rwandan, in Montreal, Canada. Photo by Mikael Owunna from Limitless Africans.