Being Seen:

Sat 27 Apr 2019
3 - 4:30pm

£5 / £4

About the Event

Artists Lola Flash and Ajamu reflect on their life-long photographic practices, and how they have used portraiture to document the lives and experiences of black LGBTQIA+ communities in the UK and beyond. 

Set in Flash's exhibition [sur]passing, the afternoon will include an exhibition tour, talk, and audience Q&A.

Working at the forefront of genderqueer visual politics for more than three decades, Flash’s work challenges stereotypes and gender, sexual, and racial preconceptions. Her art and activism are profoundly connected, fuelling a life-long commitment to visibility and preserving the legacy of LGBTQIA+ and communities of colour worldwide.

Ajamu is best known for best known for his fine art photography exploring same-sex desire and the Black male body, and his work as an archivist and activist to document the lives and experiences of black LGBTQIA+ people in the UK. 


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About Lola Flash

Lola Flash (b. 1959, New Jersey, United States) produces photography that contributes to a more inclusive, dynamic visual representation of marginalised communities.

Following Flash’s 2018 solo exhibition at Pen + Brush, New York, she was commissioned by Smithsonian Magazine to photograph pioneering black women activist who reformed America’s segregated school system half a century ago in her series The Defiant Ones.


Ajamu (b. 1963 in the UK) is a London based fine art photographic artist, archive curator and radical sex activist whose work has been shown in galleries, museums and alternative spaces nationally and internationally. The work challenges understanding of sexualities, desire, pleasure and cultural production within contemporary Britain.

He studied at the Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht, The Netherlands, and is currently a PhD candidate at Royal College of Art, London.


Lola Flash: [sur]passing

25 April - 17 August 2019


[sur]passing Exhibition Opening

Join us for the opening night of Lola Flash's new exhibition

Thur 25 April, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Find out more

Visit Lola Flash's website

Find out more

Visit Ajamu's website

Accessibility at AUTOGRAPH

Everyone is welcome at Autograph. Our building Rivington Place is an accessible space with a step-free entrance at street level, and a lift to all floors. Unisex, accessible toilets are located on all floors.

The exhibition tour part of this event will be standing and will last for approximately 30 minutes. If you require a chair during the exhibition tour, please ask a member of staff. Seating at the talk is not reserved in advance. If you would like to reserve seating to assist with hearing, visual or any other access needs, please contact us before your visit.

Carers receive a free ticket when they accompany the person they care for. Please contact us to book. 

Download our Accessibility Guide for detailed access information about our venue and transport. If you would like to discuss your visit, or have any questions, please contact us at or 020 7749 9200

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Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Banner images: 1) Lola Flash, Robin Cloud, USA, 2017. From the series LEGENDS. Courtesy the artist.2) Ajamu, Wesley Dykes, Drag King 2018. Courtesy the artist.

Page images, from top left: 1) Photograph of Lola Flash by Becci Manson 2) Lola Flash, Ajamu X [detail], London, 2018. From the series LEGENDS. Courtesy the Artist. 3) Lola Flash, Sadako [detail], New York, 2008. From the series [sur]passing. Courtesy the artist. 4) Lola Flash, Dominque [detail], Brooklyn, NY, 2011. From the series [sur]passing. Courtesy the artist. 5) Lola Flash, U is for Upside-down, New York, 1993. From the series Cross-Colour, Gay to Z. Courtesy the artist. 6) Ajamu, Wesley Dykes [detai], Drag King 2018. Courtesy the artist.