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 preconceptions.
Autograph is developing a new exhibition of Flash's work - her first major solo exhibition in London for more than 15 years.
At the core of the exhibition will be her ongoing, life-long body of work [sur]passing, a series of large-scale portraits probing the impact of skin pigmentation on black identity and consciousness.
The curators are also selecting works from Flash’s early cross-colour photographs, and the latest images from her series LEGENDS - portraying prominent members of the global LGTBQI+ community. These will feature queer Londoners, produced during Flash’s recent artist residency at Autograph.
This exhibition project is in development at Autograph. We will update this page with our research and progress.
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- Renée Mussai, Curator
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.
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.
Image captions, from top left: 1) Lola Flash, Sadako, New York, 2008. From the series [sur]passing. 2) Lola Flash, Marvin, London, 2003. From the series [sur]passing. 3) Lola Flash, Karisse, London, 2002. From the series [sur]passing. 4) Lola Flash, DJ Kinky, London, 2003. From the series [sur]passing. All images courtesy the artist.