RPS Awards Talk Series: Lola Flash

Wed 2 February 2022, 6 - 7pm (GMT)

In partnership with The Royal Photographic Society

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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 gender, sexual, and racial preconceptions.

Join Flash for an online in-conversation with Autograph's Senior Curator / Head of Curatorial & Collection, Renée Mussai.

The Royal Photographic Society Awards Talks Series - in partnership with Autograph - welcomes leading individuals to talk about how they use photography as artists, scientists, educators, publishers and curators. All the speakers are recent RPS Award recipients who have been recognised for their contribution to photography.

The event will be followed by a public Q + A. Questions will be taken by Zoom chat or can be emailed in advance.


Lola Flash

With a practice firmly rooted in social justice advocacy around sexual, racial, and cultural difference, Lola Flash's art and activism are profoundly connected, fueling a life-long commitment to visibility and preserving the legacy of LGBTQIA+ and communities of colour worldwide. An active member of ACT UP during the time of the AIDS epidemic in New York City, Flash was notably featured in the 1989 “Kissing Doesn’t Kill” poster.

Flash’s artworks are included in important international public and private collections and they currently are a proud member of the Kamoinge Collective and serve on the board of Queer Art. They received their bachelor's degree from Maryland Institute and Masters’ from the University of the Arts London. Flash received an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in 2021.

Renée Mussai

Renée Mussai is a London-based curator and scholar with a special interest in African and diasporic lens-based visual arts practices. She is Senior Curator and Head of Curatorial & Collection at Autograph, where she has worked for almost two decades, advocating for a diverse constituency of contemporary artists and co-commissioning a range of artistic programmes.

She lectures regularly on photography, visual culture, and curatorial activism and her art writing has been published in several monographs and anthologies including by TATE, Aperture, and NkA. Mussai is also Research Associate at the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre, University of Johannesburg; Associate Lecturer at University of the Arts London, and regular guest curator and former Fellow at the Hutchins Centre for African & African American Research at Harvard University.

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You can watch recordings from the previous conversations in this series on The Royal Photographic Society website.



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Banner image: Lola Flash, Thato, South Africa, 2002, from the series [sur]passing. © and courtesy the artist.

Page images from top: 1) Lola Flash at Autograph, London. Photograph by Zoë Maxwell. 2) Renée Mussai, with Zaki by Zanele Muholi, 2021. Courtesy Renée Mussai.

Discover more image: Sian Bonnell, Beach Clean, 1999, from the series When The Domestic Meets The Wild. © and courtesy the artist.