This Stunning Photo Series Is Highlighting The Experiences Of LGBT African Immigrants
"There was nowhere that I felt like I could be both queer, African, and whole."
The Limit(less) photo project, which features interviews and portraits of LGBT Africans living abroad, is attempting to debunk the stereotype that it is "un-African" to be queer.
Mikael Owunna, the creator of the series, grew up with tremendous anxiety from constantly balancing being both Nigerian and queer. "I didn't feel like I could be both of these things," Owunna told BuzzFeed News.
"There was nowhere that I felt like I could be both queer, African, and whole," Owunna said. And it was in that lack of space that the student decided to take action. Through his photos, Owunna attempts to create a "queer African home" for himself and others.
"Almost all of the (very few) images of LGBT Africans out there are so sad and depressing and center exclusively on our pain," he said. "I want to provide a space through my art where we can heal and see that we not only exist being both LGBTQ and African — but that we also thrive and love ourselves!"