As memory and personal narrative inform Vasquez’s art practice, so, too, does the political and historical question of representation. To be in the position to represent his community is thus not an opportunity that he takes lightly. “It’s a huge privilege to be able to do this and make a living,” Vasquez said. Drawing on the history of the Dominican Republic as well as his own experiences, Vasquez carries himself with an “overpowering responsibility (or calling) to the arts and towards [his] Black, Latinx, and immigrant communities,” he said.
Naming his identity as a Caribbean immigrant, an American, and a member of the African diaspora, Vasquez understands himself to be situated at a meeting ground for several histories. When it comes to the particular convolution and complexity that continues to shape Dominican life, politics, and culture—on the island and in the diaspora—Vasquez is unafraid to confront the contradictions of self-representation as it comes up against narratives of nationality.