Photographer and activist Lola Flash has been making work that highlights the importance of showing underrepresented expressions of gender identity, sexuality, and racial norms for over three decades. At the forefront of genderqueer politics, Flash uses her camera to connect and bring visibility to LGBTQIA+ communities and to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions. From being a leading artistic voice involved with ACT UP during the AIDS crisis, to taking the streets this summer in protest of the killing of George Floyd and support of the Black Lives Matter movement, Flash’s work is rooted in creative activism.

Join us for an evening with Flash in the next lecture in our ICP Talks series. Flash will share insights into her most recent projects including, syzygy, the vision, which began in 2019 during her stay in the Woodstock Artist in Residency program and was reignited in the wake of COVID, as well as her strategies for inciting change through creative practice.

This program will be recorded and will be shared with registrants for viewing up to 14 days after the program air date.

Tickets are $12 for general audience and $7 for ICP members.

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About the Program Format

This program will take place on Zoom. Those who register to attend will receive a confirmation email with a link located at the bottom of the email under ‘Important Information’ to join the lecture through a computer or mobile device.

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About the Series

ICP Talks: Lessons and Insights in Photography is an online education program series presented by the International Center of Photography. Each session invites leading photographers and educators to present work and ideas that excite and instruct on navigating all facets of the photographic community. Through lectures, conversations, and workshops, ICP Talks allows a worldwide audience to learn together, stay connected, and get inspired.

Speaker Bios

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. She is currently a proud member of the Kamoinge Collective. Flash’s practice is firmly rooted in social justice advocacy around sexual, racial, and cultural difference.

David Campany is ICP’s managing director of programs, and a writer, editor, and curator.


Image: Lola Flash, Spectre, from the series syzygy, the vision, 2019. © Lola Flash