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Limit(less) is a documentary photography project on LGBTQ African immigrants in North America and Europe by queer Nigerian-American photographer, Mikael Owunna. Shot in 10 countries and documenting the stories of dozens of individuals, the goal of the project is to debunk the myth that it is “un-African” to be LGBTQ.
To achieve this goal, the project specifically documents “queer African style” to represent this fusion of identities; visually expanding conceptions of African-ness and queerness in turn.
In many African communities today there is still a fairly pervasive and violent idea that being LGBTQ is “un-African” and caused by an exposure to the West gone wrong. But LGBTQ people have always existed on the African continent, and this is simply a myth born from centuries of colonization.
Limit(less) explores how LGBTQ Africans in North America and Europe – at the heart of these colonial legacies – navigate their multifaceted identities and find ways to bridge the “gap” between being LGBTQ and African through fashion.
Through these photos and accompanying in depth interviews, Limit(less) works to gain deeper insight into how the lives and stories of LGBTQ Africans in diaspora are connected, and how LGBTQ Africans find “limitless” ways to express themselves and their individuality, despite the ostensible “limits” placed on them for being queer and/or trans and African.