Lola Flash

Mon 23 July 2018 7 - 8:30pm

£5 / £4

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Working at the forefront of genderqueer visual politics for more than three decades, photographer Lola Flash’s work challenges stereotypes and offers new ways of seeing that interrogate gender, sexual, and racial stereotypes.

In this talk, Flash will share insights from her socially engaged practice, portraying sitters from diverse cultural backgrounds in major cities from London to New York to Cape Town. She will be joined by Autograph Senior Curator Renée Mussai, to discuss politics of representation and visibility in Flash’s work and beyond.

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'Flash’s photography pays tribute to those who courageously navigate contested zones of existence, transforming dissident sexualities and complex cultural identities into productive sites of exploration, reclamation and occupation.' - Renée Mussai


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Read More Lola Flash: Working primarily in portraiture with a 4x5 film camera, New York-based Lola Flash’s expansive body of work encourages viewers to look and see differently.

Following a solo exhibition at Pen + Brush, New York in 2018, she was recently commissioned by the Smithsonian Magazine to photograph pioneering black women activists who reformed America's segregated school system half a century ago in a series of portraits entitled The Defiant Ones (2018). Amongst many other publications and group exhibitions, Flash's work featured in the publication and touring exhibition Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present by Deborah Willis.

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She also appeared in the award-winning film Through A Lens Darkly directed by Thomas Harris. Her work is included in public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Flash received her bachelor's degree from Maryland Institute and her Masters from London College of Printing. In 2008, she was Artist-in-Residence at Light Work in Syracuse.

Renée Mussai is Senior Curator and Head of Archive & Research at Autograph ABP. As well as developing Autograph's archive and permanent collection of photography, she has organised numerous solo and group exhibitions in Europe, Africa and the US since 2009, and publishes and lectures internationally on photography and cultural politics.

A regular guest curator and former non-resident fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, she is presently a Research Associate in the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre, University of Johannesburg and PhD candidate in Art History at University College London. Her publications include James Barnor: Ever Young (2015), Glyphs: Acts of Inscription (2014; with Ruti Talmor) and Black Chronicles (2018).

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Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Banner images, from left: 1) Lola Flash, Sadako, New York, 2008. From the series [sur]passing. 2) Lola Flash, Marvin, London, 2003. From the series [sur]passing.  

Page images, from left: 1) Lola Flash, Karisse [detail], London, 2002. From the series [sur]passing. 2) Lola Flash, Siobhan [deatail], London, 2003. From the series [sur]passing.