The Anderson presents OYA-9394, a performance by Luis Vasquez La Roche via Instagram Live (@vcuartstheanderson), at 5:30pm on Thursday, July 16. This performance by VCUarts Painting + Printmaking MFA 2020 alumnus Vasquez La Roche (@vasquezlaroche) stems from his Thesis exhibition, I Hope My Black Skin Don’t Dirt This White Tuxedo. OYA-9394 reimagines narratives of Afrofuturism within a framework of ecological collapse and persistent racialized inequality.
Focusing on the idea of a dystopian future, I consider the OYA suit a type of armor, a protective suit made with the technology available on earth. I think about space exploration as something that is meant to benefit mostly White folks, people with wealth and power. But the day they depart Earth there will not be much left for me here. I will need to develop further methods of survival.Luis Vasquez La Roche
Join us on The Anderson’s Instagram page @vcuartstheanderson for the live performance at 5:30pm Thursday, July 16.