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. An active member of ACT UP during the time of the AIDS epidemic in New York City, Flash was notably featured in the 1989 “Kissing Doesn’t Kill” poster. Her art and activism are profoundly connected, fueling a life-long commitment to visibility and preserving the legacy of LGBTQIA+ and communities of color worldwide. Flash has work included in important collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Whitney and Brooklyn Museum. She is currently a proud member of the Kamoinge Collective and is on the board at QueerIArt.
Flash 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. Recently, she has delved into the digital photography world and is a FujiFilm Collaborator. Flash’s practice is firmly rooted in social justice advocacy around sexual, racial, and cultural difference.
In conjunction with Lola Flash’s BOFFO Residency Fire Island
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