Lola Flash in conversation with Paola Paredes
About Lola Flash
A lifelong advocate of gender, sexual and racial equity, a member of the Kamoinge Collective and a board member of Queer Art, Lola Flash is renowned for her artistic achievement and the socio-political importance of her work. Her activism and art are profoundly connected, and the stories she highlights from Black and LGBTQI+ communities worldwide spans over three decades.
Lola’s attention to overlooked narratives is evident in her series, salt, a vibrant collection of portraits of women over 70 years old who are making – or have made – striking contributions to society. Featured in the Hundred Heroines Photo Oxford exhibition, Women on Women, Relationships, Identity and Power – Explored Through Photography, salt combats the invisibility that some older women experience, critiquing the deeply rooted cultural and social biases that remove older women from the public sphere.
About Paola Paredes
Paola Paredes, who will be joining Lola, makes work which illuminates the experiences of members of the queer community in Ecuador. Her first two major photographic works, Unveiled and Until You Change present audiences with an intimate challenge to prejudicial attitudes towards homosexuality. She blends traditional documentary photography, staged imagery, and self-portraiture to explore issues facing the LGBTQIA+ community, creating awareness and inviting conversations about sexuality, family, and personal freedom in Latin America.
The conversation will be moderated by Historian Haley Drolet. Haley currently lives in Oxford, England with her Dalmatian (and Hundred Heroines’ mascot) Annie. She completed a MA in Classics from King’s College London and now works as a Research Assistant in the History Faculty at the University of Oxford.
Bringing these photographers together, the conversation promises invaluable insights into their artistic praxis, and important discussions about the wider implications of their work.
[Images: Left – Rudean, from the series, salt © Lola Flash. Right – Mom smoking while watching her Telenovelas. Part of the Unveiled series 2016 © Paola Paredes]
Online, Saturday 23rd October at 6pm GMT