My First Gallery Exhibition!

My first gallery exhibition happened this past weekend!


BIG thanks to Never Apart​Massimadi Montréal · Festival des films et des arts LGBTQ afro-caribéens​ and Arc-en-ciel d’Afrique​ for the amazing weekend and for helping make my FIRST gallery exhibition possible!!!! So overjoyed and overwhelmed by the response especially to my artist talk on Friday about my work Limitless Africans​ on LGBTQ African Immigrants. Thanks so much!!!

Massimadi Montreal is the first ever black LGBTQ film and art festival (to my knowledge) in the world and is in its 9th - and biggest ever- edition this year. I saw several AMAZING black queer films and shorts during it while i was in town and it was incredible to watch rich and compelling stories about us as black LGBTQ people - narratives we rarely see in mainstream!! Massimadi does an amazing job of this and will be running thru march 4th this year so check out the other amazing black lgbtq films and programming that they have available on their page: 

 www.massimadi.ca 

Never Apart is an incredible gallery and cultural space for LGBTQ people, artists and creatives. Several of Massimadi’s events and screenings took place in their space as well (including my Limit(less) artist talk) which shows the richness of the programming and showings they have! Limit(less) will be showing there through April 4th and they have so many other incredible exhibits up now that put QTPOC narratives and artists front and center. Definitely check them out even after Limit(less) :)! 

 www.neverapart.com 

So proud and happy to have had a chance to work with both teams and can’t wait to come back to Montréal and engage with the amazing work you are all doing again. 

And heres a small pic of me cheesing seeing my name on the walllll at Never Apart during Massimadi :D. 

Photo credit: Uwayo Dushime​


Limit(less) Project: 4 Queer African Women

Limit(less) is a documentary photography project by Mikael Owunna exploring the visual aesthetics of LGBTQ African immigrants. 

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4 Queer African Women

“I dedicate this collaboration to all the queer Africans that aren’t able to come out because that would put their life at risk. To the queer Africans that would be shunned by their community, family and/or country. To the queer Africans that are in desperate need of an answer and feeling lost as to where to look for it.

I know the feeling.

Chant this from the top of your lungs and mean it with every emotion in your body.

You are bold and filled with strength.

You are not alone. I’m with you. Limitless is with you.

We are here, we exist and WE ARE NOT going anywhere.

To Being a Limitless African,

Mai’Yah”

Mai’Yah, Queer Liberian, Furthest Right who was crucial in organizing this shoot


#LimitlessAfricans: 4 Queer African Women

Website: www.limitlessafricans.com

Donate: www.gofundme.com/limitlessafricans


Photography by @mikaelowunna (IG)

Headwraps by @wrapsbyjames (IG)


Mai’Yah

Name: Mai’Yah
Country of Origin: Liberia
Age: 18
Pronouns: she/ her    They/ Them
How do you identify in terms of your LGBTQ Identity: Queer

Instagram: @mai.yah

Tumblr: @Dwelah



Badu

Name : Badu
Country: Born and raised nyc  
African background: Ivory Coast
Age:20
Pronouns: she, her

Identity: pansexual, androgynous

Instagram: @baduizm_adu

Tumblr: @needstoescape


Yéwá

Name: Yéwándé (Yéwá for short)

Country of Origin: Nigeria (USA-born)
Age: 18
Pronouns: she/her, they/them
How do you identify in terms of your LGBTQ Identity: Queer

Instagram: @therealyewande

Tumblr: @blkpoetress-ye


Amadi

Name:  Amadi

Country of Origin: Nigeria (Born in the US)
Age: 18

Pronouns: she/her
Identity: genderqueer-queer- androgynous

Instagram: @kidandfro  

Snapchat: @kidandfro



About Limit(less):

Limit(less) is a photography project by Mikael Owunna documenting the fashion and style of LGBTQ African Immigrants (1st and 2nd generation) in diaspora. The project seeks to visually deconstruct the colonial binary which states that one cannot be both LGBTQ and African. #LimitlessAfricans


Website: www.limitlessafricans.com

Donate: www.gofundme.com/limitlessafricans

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