Syzygy II, 2019 | Lola Flash
Syzygy II (self-portrait)
Photograph – Dye-Infused Pigment Print on Coated Aluminum
50 x 40 inches
(edition of 10)
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, fuelling a life-long commitment to visibility and preserving the legacy of LGBTQIA+ and communities of color worldwide.
In this self-portrait series, entitled “Syzygy”, Flash is observing the straight-line configuration of our pasts, presents and futures. This multi-dimensional contemplation considers vast dimensions of intersectional disadvantages, cultural conflicts, and unsettling legacies. Heavy on her mind is the horror of America’s mass incarceration and the question of breaking free. Flash questions can our truth-seekers lead us to the place where we are superhuman – shedding our black bodies of institutional “isms”? Her soul is hopeful for a divine future where we are finally able to run anew, far away from hashtag chatter and into a narrative of pure joy.
Flash’s practice is firmly rooted in social justice advocacy around sexual, racial and cultural difference.