"I've just started to dress in a way that reflects me and I would say that it is ever evolving.
Growing up I knew I couldn’t wear the things that I wanted because it would advertise my queerness. I think my mom knew I was queer because she controlled and critiqued what I wore more than my siblings. I live on my own now and I am just starting to explore what my style is and how I want to explore my creativity through my clothes. I like to over accessorize, patterns and textures. I like to shop in thrifts stores and other people's closets."
- Wiilo (Queer Somali Canadian American, They/Them, Tumblr/IG/Twitter: @pocstudios)
Limit(less) is a photography project by Mikael Owunna (@owning-my-truth) documenting the visual aesthetics and expression of LGBTQ African Immigrants (1st and 2nd generation) in diaspora. As LGBTQ Africans, we are constantly told that being LGBTQ is somehow “un-African,” and this rhetoric is a regular part of homophobic and transphobic discourse in African communities. This line of thinking, however, is patently false and exists an artifact of colonization of the African continent. Identities which would now be categorized as “LGBTQ” have always existed, and being LGBTQ does not make us “less” African.
Limit(less) explores how LGBTQ African immigrants navigate their identities and find ways to overcome the supposed “tension” between their LGBTQ and African identities through their visual aesthetics and expression. The project seeks to visually deconstruct the colonial binary that has been set up between LGBTQ and African identities, which erases the lives and experiences of LGBTQ Africans. #LimitlessAfricans