The Anderson presents OYA-9394, a performance via Instagram Live (@vcuartstheanderson) by VCUarts Painting + Printmaking MFA 2020 alumnus Luis Vasquez La Roche (@vasquezlaroche) 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.
Artist statement: “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.”
Join us on The Anderson’s Instagram page @vcuartstheanderson for the live performance at 5:30pm Thursday, July 16.