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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.
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.
At the core of this exhibition is Flash’s series [sur]passing. Emphasising varying shades of skin tone, these larger-than-life portraits feature a spectrum of global diasporic figures posed against urban skylines - probing the impact of pigmentation on black identity and consciousness.
- Renée Mussai, Curator
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.
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.
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Limited Edition prints from Lola Flash: [sur]passing are available for sale.
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In July 2018, Autograph invited Lola Flash to complete a short artist residency at our gallery in to shoot further portraits of Londoners for the LEGENDS series. The following portraits in the exhibition were created during Flash's residency: Ajamu X, Campbell X, MC Chickaboo, Sunil Gupta, Sadie Lee, Robert Taylor and Peter Tatchell.
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Banner images: 1 ) Lola Flash, Sadako, New York, 2008. From the series [sur]passing. Courtesy the artist. 2) Lola Flash, Marvin, London, 2003. From the series [sur]passing. Courtesy the artist. 3 - 5) Lola Flash: [sur]passing exhibition at Autograph, London. Photograph by Zoe Maxwell.
Page images, from top left: 1) Maxine Walker, Untitled, 1997. Courtesy of the artist and Autograph, London. 2) Lola Flash, Robin Cloud [detail], USA, 2017. From the series LEGENDS. Courtesy of the artist. 3) Photograph of Lola Flash at her exhibition at Autograph, London. Photography by Zoe Maxwell 4) Lola Flash, Dean, London, 2002, from the series [sur]passing. Courtesy of the artist. 5) Lola Flash, Shigi, New York, 2008, from the series [sur]passing. Courtesy of the artist. 6) Rivington Place, home of Autograph. Photograph by Zoe Maxwell. 7) Lola Flash, Sunil Gupta, London, 2018. From the series LEGENDS. Courtesy the artist. 8) Lola Flash, Robin Cloud, USA, 2017. From the series LEGENDS. Courtesy the artist.
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