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Entertainment – Sept-Oct 2016

Limit (less)

By Clarence J. Fluker


Limit(less) is a photography project by Mikael Chukwuma Owunna documenting the fashion and style of LGBTQ Africans in diaspora (1st and 2nd generation). The project seeks to visually deconstruct the colonial binary which states that one cannot be both LGBTQ and African by exploring how they assert their African identities with their style. The project is actively looking for additional participants in the US, Canada and Europe and has shoots slated in Montreal, Sweden, Denmark and Portugal in the coming months.

Mikael Owunna is a queer Nigerian-Swedish American photographer. As a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan, his collaborative art and photography project, I am Atayal!, working with Taiwanese aboriginal (Atayal) youth and Prof. Christine Yeh of USF, was exhibited in a full floor exhibition at the National Taiwan Museum in 2014.

Through Limit(less) he hopes to gain deeper insight into how the lives and stories of LGBTQ Africans in diaspora are connected, and how we all find “limitless” ways to express ourselves, despite the ostensible “limits” placed on us due to our marginalized identities.



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