Mikael Chukwuma Owunna

Mikael is a Nigerian-Swedish American photographer based in Washington D.C. 

Specializing in documentary and portrait work, his mission with his photography is to elevate marginalized community voices. With each click of his camera, he strives to envision what a free world can look like for those marginalized by wider society.

In 2012 as a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan, Mikael collaborated with Prof. Christine Yeh of USF on an art and photography project for 1st and 2nd grade Taiwanese aboriginal (Atayal) youth titled I am Atayal. This project was featured in a full floor exhibit at the National Taiwan Museum during summer 2014 and has toured almost a dozen museum and aboriginal cultural spaces in Taiwan since then. Mikael is currently pursuing a new documentary project, titled Limit(less), exploring the fashion and style of LGBTQ Africans across North America and Europe and working to debunk the myth that being LGBTQ is "un-African".

Similar to his photographic focus on elevating marginalized voices, Mikael's writing focuses on analyzing white supremacy, colonization and antiblackness in popular culture and mainstream media. His writings and podcast on Tumblr as BlackinAsia and Owning-My-Truth have been viewed over 1 million times and have been quoted or cited in The Guardian, BuzzFeed, Huffington Post and Salon. He has also written for Mic.

Mikael has spoken at Harvard Law School, the World Social Forum and on Swedish Public Radio (P5) to name a few.

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