Instagram account launched to explore the life and legacy of Lola Montez
New Zealand artist Ann Shelton has launched an instagram account to allow audiences to engage with archival material relating to Lola Montez, the subject of her PHOTO 2021 commission.
The life of Lola Montez transcends truth and slips into desiring myth. A radical and mercurial figure Montez exceeded prescribed parameters of femininity and ignored limits and existing conventions controlling women’s bodies. Montez toured Australian gold rush towns during the 1850s as a performer – and was notably the first woman ever photographed smoking.
Follow now on Instagram @elizagilbertandlolamontez.
Ann Shelton will be presenting a new work inspired by Lola Montez for PHOTO 2021, in partnership with the Metro Tunnel Creative Program. To find out more about Ann Shelton’s practice, read her Q&A here.