Book Launch & Lecture | LIMITLESS AFRICANS with Mikael Owunna

October 10, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Brian: Queer Rwandan (Pronouns: he or she), Shot in Montreal, Canada – 2017.
Credit: Mikael Owunna

In his powerful new photo book Limitless Africans, queer Nigerian-Swedish American photographer Mikael Owunna, 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.

This program will include a wine reception and book signing.

Mikael Chukwuma Owunna (b. 1990) 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. 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.

This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Africa State of Mind, on view September 5 – November 15, 2019