Luis Vasquez La Roche’s solo exhibition “The Search–La Búsqueda” opens on Thursday June 14, 2012, at Medulla Gallery, located at 37 Fitt Street in Woodbrook, Port of Spain, Trinidad. The opening reception will take place from 6:30 to 9:00pm. The exhibition will be on view until July 9, 2012 and will feature a talk with the artist to be held on Thursday, July 5.
Luis Vasquez La Roche was born in 1983 in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2002, he moved to Trinidad and Tobago, where he studied visual arts at the University of the West Indies-St. Augustine. He has participated in a several group shows such as EroticArt Week in Trinidad (2010), Mensajes Positivos in Chile (2011), PFC (pon una foto en la calle) in Venezuela (2012), and special guest as P&E (Pinky and Emgrante) at Woma in Grenada (2012). He has also been part of urban art projects such as P&E (2011), Who Am I? (2012), and Urban Heartbeat (2012).
Artist Statement (excerpts): My drawings are different representations of my personal experiences in this newly adopted space and culture. I question my nationality, descendance and race in search of an answer that could explain who I am – taking into consideration that I was raised in Venezuela by a Chilean father and a Trinidadian mother. I have always been exposed to these three cultures; at times some were more predominant in my life than others. Growing up, I was unconscious of the Trinidadian influence and I only recognized it when I moved here.
Trinidad and its culture has made me question myself in many different ways, traits that I thought that were part of my core personality have probably transformed over time. In the past ten years spent in this country I have lost track of the person I once was. The older I become the blurrier the lines of the mass called “I” seems. [. . .] The use of different drawing mediums, from charcoal to graphite, reflects a transition in my concepts. [. . .] These drawings explore more in depth questions like: Which nationality represents me? Which race do I feel more identified with? Which culture I am more influenced by? and What are the traits of this new culture that I wish to adopt?