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. Her art and activism are profoundly connected, fueling her commitment to preserving the legacy of LGBTQ+ communities and communities of colour worldwide.
Lola’s practice is firmly rooted in social justice advocacy and celebrates sexual, racial and cultural difference. In series such as Surmise and salt, she uses portraiture to challenge stereotypes and interrogate the definition of social norms, offering new ways of seeing which defy misrepresentation.
A major retrospective of Lola’s work, Lola Flash: 1986-Present, was organised by Pen + Brush, New York, in 2018. In 2021, some of Lola’s work – a series of vibrant chromogenic prints – was added to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
This October, Lola Flash will be participating in our Women on Women exhibition as part of Photo Oxford, she will also be in discussion with Paola Paredes November 6, 2021.
You can register for our online event here.