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Photography by Awuor Onyango

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“Homosexuality appeared as one of the forms of sexuality when it was transposed from the practice
of sodomy onto a kind of interior androgyny, a hermaphrodism of the soul. The sodomite had been a
temporary aberration; the homosexual was now a species”
- Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality

Awuor was interested in exploring the idea of intimacy outside of the sexual and the erotic and instead
as the opposite of loneliness – a communal intimacy of sorts. She therefore ventured to create
something around Foucault’s interior androgyny and hermaphrodism of the soul, that which created
the homosexual out of the sodomite, a kind of Kenyan queer semiology. This led her to explore what
drag meant to Jamie (one of her models) and what psychological androgyny meant to Naddya (her
other model) while waxing her favourite queers, Frida Kahlo, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Audre Lourde…
The fractal mirror is her nod to Foucault’s “Visibility is a trap” which, ultimately, is the name of her 5
part series. Obsessed with how Nairobi queers navigate their space of being seen only as far as
heteronormatively allows, Awuor intended to celebrate the space we have within our own circles to
reinvent ourselves. This is why the images are named after discarded names that her and her friends
no longer use.