Self Portrait circa 1985, Atlanta, GA

Lola Flash

Lola Flash (b.1959, USA) uses photography to challenge stereotypes and offer new ways of seeing that transcend and interrogate gender, sexual, and racial norms. She received her bachelor’s degree from Maryland Institute and her Masters from London College of Printing, in the UK. Flash works primarily in portraiture with a 4×5 film camera, engaging those who are often deemed invisible. In 2008, she was a resident at Lightwork, and in 2011 Lola was awarded an Art Matters grant, which allowed her to further two projects, in Brazil and London. Most recently, she was Artist-in-Residence at Alice Yard in Trinidad. Lola has work included in important public collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  Her work is also featured in the publication Posing Beauty, edited by Deb Willis, currently on exhibit across the US. Flash’s work welcomes audiences who are willing to not only look but see.

Working at the forefront of genderqueer visual politics for more than three  decades, Lola Flash’s photography challenges stereotypes and gender, sexual and racial preconceptions.  Her art and activism are profoundly connected, fueling a life-long commitment to visibility and preserving the legacy of LGBTQIA+ and communities of color world wide.  Flash’s practice is firmly rooted in social justice advocacy around sexual, racial and cultural difference.

The images above are from different series:  surmise[sur]passing | salt | afrofuturism

Hundred Heroines + Photo Oxford 2021

For Photo Oxford 2021, Hundred Heroines presents Women on Women: Relationships, Identity and Power, featuring work by Anna Fox, Hannah Reyes Morales, Lola Flash, Margaret Courtney-Clarke, María Magdalena Campos-Pons and Zanele Muholi...

Lola Flash

Lola Flash

Working at the forefront of genderqueer visual politics for more than three decades, Lola Flash (b. 1959, New Jersey) has spent her career challenging the stereotypes surrounding gender, race, and sexuality....

Surmise Surpass Lola Flash Miss Kimberley from the series 'surmise'

Surmise & Surpass

Lola Flash, who uses photography to challenge stereotypical representations of gender, sexuality, and race within her series Surmise and [Sur]passing...

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