30-year retrospective at New York’s Pen + Brush dares you to challenge stereotypes of gender, race, and sexuality.
Photographic work by Lola Flash is on exhibition in New York until the end of March with the intention of challenging stereotypes and seeing gender, sex, and race norms in a new perspective.
The career-spanning exhibition, currently on show at Pen + Brush, brings three of Lola Flash’s collections together. The earliest piece of work “Gay To Z” gives viewers the chance to glimpse into the height of the AIDS crisis and speaks to the sadness of losing loved ones, with many of the pieces created during Flash’s time as an activist in the city during the late 80s and early 90s.
The second collection is “[sur]passing”, which puts the gaze on the impact skin pigmentation on black identity. The photos were taken on a large format camera from urban vantage points.
“SALT” is a collection of portraits depicting women over the age of 70, showing individuals who are still making significant contributions to society. Some of the women featured include civil rights activist Esther Cooper Jackson and Ruth Pointer.
“surmise” shows a intimate perspective of the ways in which black and gender-queer people are perceived and marginalized. Lastly, “Legends” she captured leaders of the LGBTQ movement. This collection puts the spotlight on those who have spearheaded a moment and those who took the opportunity to make a difference.
“Lola Flash: 1986 to Present” runs until March 17th at Pen + Brush on East 22nd Street in New York.