Dr Lola Frost is and artist/scholar living in London.
Her career as an artist has included exhibiting in South Africa and in the UK for over 30 years and her work is included in several major public collections in her native South Africa. Initially this work registered the impact of civil unrest and apartheid on race and gender, but since her relocation to the UK in 2002 where she has developed a signature style of painting which might be characterised as surreal and sublime.
Her academic career as a senior lecturer in South Africa and part-time tutor in London has involved the teaching of art history and art theory. Since the completion of her PhD at Goldsmiths College in 2007 she has expanded her engagement with the field of aesthetics into that of international relations and has published articles of politics and aesthetic and on compassion and risk in international relations.
Lola Frost’s Leverhulme Kings College London artist’s residency in the Department of War Studies is committed to exploring the idea and practice of productive risk and commences with the exhibition entitled Taking Risks. This exhibition of paintings will be on show in Somerset House East Wing (basement level -2, Learning Centre rooms), Strand, from the 7th to the 25th October 2014.
A collaborative project between Lola Frost and academics in the Department of War Studies is to be inaugurated in this exhibition with a conversation between the artist and Dr Claudia Aradau on the topic of Aesthetic Risk and Security Risk on the 22nd October at 5.30pm. This conversational forum, which extends from October 2014 to February 2015, will include a discussion with Prof Thomas Rid on Cybernetic Risk and Aesthetic Free Play on the 5th November 2014 and with Professor Ned Lebow on the topic of Underrating Risk? on the 3rd December 2014. For topics and dates of forthcoming events please go to: