Artist and Activist Lola Flash had planned an exhibit for our Opus 40 Gallery this month. As our buildings will be closed through June at least, this is our Online Flash Pride Exhibit.
Following are selected images from the surmise series and a video created by Flash for Opus-Online.
“My surmise series is an account of the many ways queer people are perceived and how visual representations of gender affect our psyches and society. The series features images of people who are gender fluid, gay people who look straight, and vice versa. Due to the shifting nature of the political climate and social status quo around gender identity, this visual and verbal lexicon around gender and sexual identity is in constant transformation. This series reminds us how misunderstandings and misrepresentations related to perceived gender, sexuality and sexual orientation are often painful, soul destroying and in some countries, life threatening. “-Lola Flash
Artist Bio – Lola Flash
Flash 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, engaging those who are often deemed invisible. In 2008, she was a resident at Light Work and in 2015, she participated at Alice Yard, in Trinidad. Last summer, she was artist-in-residence at Center for Photography at Woodstock. Flash has work included in important public collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Brooklyn Museum. Her work is also featured in the publication Posing Beauty, edited by Deb Willis, currently on exhibit across the US. Pen + Brush Gallery’s inaugural exhibition in 2018, featured a 30 year retrospective of her significant photographs. Flash’s work welcomes audiences who are willing to not only look but see.
To see more of Lola Flash’s work please visit her website here.