Luis Vasquez La Roche

Artist and assistant professor

Luis Vasquez La Roche is an artist and educator at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. Their practice is interested in aspects of the transatlantic slave trade that repeat themselves in varying ways in the present. An essential part of their research is an inquiry regarding material, space, smell, and sounds, and how these sensory experiences become challenging to grasp in historical documents. The work also functions as a way to explore the gaps in historical archives and to fill the intentional void by summoning and collapsing past, present, and future.

Their works have been exhibited, screened, and performed in institutions such as Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA; A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; the Carr Center, Detroit, MI; Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA; the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY; Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia; La Vulcanizadora, Cali, Colombia; Alice Yard, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, Pialba, Australia; Fresh Milk, Saint George, Barbados, Grimmwelt Kassel, Kassel, Germany; and documenta fifteen, Kassel, Germany.