Mia Nakano

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Mia Nakano is an America photographer, filmmaker, educator, printer, activist, a founding editor of Hyphen magazine, and Project Director of the Visibility Project.[1]


Mia co-founded Hyphen magazine in 2003 as the photo editor.[2] As of 2014, she launched the LGBT section of Hyphen.[3]

In 2007, Nakano travelled to Nepal for a photojournalism internship with the Kathmandu Post.[4][5] There, Nakano connected with the Blue Diamond Society, a LGBT organization, and collaborated with them to take photos of Nepal's LGBT community.

Visibility Project[edit]

Mia continued documenting LGBT communities once she returned to the United States through the Visibility Project. The Visibility Project is a collaboration with Hyphen Magazine.[6]

The Visibility Project has been exhibited at Ohio State University,[7] the Leeway Foundation in Philadelphia,[8] the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center's Asian-Latino Festival in 2013.[9]

Nakano was a panelist at Leeway Foundation's REVOLVE: An Art for Social Change Symposium.[10]

Her work has been featured in Colorlines, Kathmandu Post, Motherjones.com, DemocracyNow!, and freethehikers.org.[11]

In 2014, The Visibility Project collaborated with Hyphen Magazine to create LGBTQ Hyphen, the first LGBTQ-dedicated section in a nationwide and mainstream magazine.[12]


  1. ^ "Visibility Project Website". Retrieved 2014-10-19.
  2. ^ Gwendolyn. "The Academic Feminist: Summer at the archives with the Visibility Project". Feministing.
  3. ^ "Hyphen Magazine Blog". Retrieved 2014-10-19.
  4. ^ Hing, Julianne (July 2009). "Spotlight: Mia Nakano". Colorlines. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  5. ^ Ochoa, Cecca (2013-09-10). "A Queer Aperture: Mia Nakano and the Visibility Project". Apogee.
  6. ^ "Mia Nakano and Hyphen Magazine".
  7. ^ "Mia Nakano's The Visibility Project". The Ohio State University. 2014-10-13.
  8. ^ Gwendolyn. "The Academic Feminist: Summer at the archives with the Visibility Project". Feministing.
  9. ^ "Smithsonian Art Intersections Exhibit". Smithsonian. Retrieved 2014-10-19.
  10. ^ "Leeway Foundation: revolve an art for social change symposium". 2013-10-05. Retrieved 2014-10-19.
  11. ^ "Visibility Project About the Contributors".
  12. ^ "LGBTQ Hyphen section highlights LGBTQ AAPI voices". June 24, 2014.

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