Mikael Owunna is a queer Nigerian-Swedish American photographer and engineer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His work explores the relationship between engineering, optics, the Black body, and queerness.
Owunna’s work has been exhibited across Asia, Europe, and North America and been featured in media ranging from the New York Times to CNN, NPR, VICE, and The Guardian. He has lectured about his work at venues including Harvard Law School, World Press Photo (Netherlands), Tate Modern (UK), and TEDx. His first published monograph Limitless Africans was released in 2019.
His visual art practice engages with West African cosmologies, specifically Dogon and Igbo, utilizing the framed portrait as a portal into a transfigured realm of possibility for the black body.