German Vazquez

German Vazquez

    Contact Information

    germanvazquezphotography@gmail.com

    Phone: (267) 216-7124

    http://www.germanvazquez.com

    Heaven for the Unwanted

    Artist's Biography

    German Ayala Vazquez is a Photographer/Visual Artist. Born in Bayamon Puerto Rico, raised in New York and is currently living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a 2020 candidate for Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Ayala Vazquez was awarded The Adolf and Geraldine Paire full scholarship to The University of the Arts in 2018 to complete his studies in photography. During this time, he was able to continue interests in editorial and fashion photography while gaining expertise in the studio environment. Over the years Ayala Vazquez has won multiple awards for outstanding studio work from Profoto, and has been featured in multiple publications including Vogue Italia and Hunger Magazine. His main focus is to be working in the Fashion Photography Industry, as an outlet to focus on conceptual and specific bodies of work to represent for the LGBTQ+, and LatinX community by using his personal experiences, and ideas that relate to religion and sexuality as a way to comment on how it affects the LGBTQ+ community mentally and physically particularly in colonized regions.

    Artist's Statement

    Heaven for the Unwanted

    I remember growing up in Puerto Rico, an island with very strong religious beliefs. The obsession with religion such as Christianity, and Catholicism was something that I always feared because of the oppression towards homosexuality that the bible speaks about. I am a gay man and due to religious beliefs I felt that I could never live my truth and that I had to camouflage myself, within my culture I had to present someone else. In this series I wanted to speak to those that also felt religious oppression in their lives, from a young age to now offering this work as a way to bring attention to my community, peers, and friends. Using my personal experiences, and ideas through research that relates to religion and sexuality as a way to comment on how it affects the LGBTQ+ community mentally and physically particularly in colonized regions such as Puerto Rico. As well as celebrating those who are able to be confident in their sexuality by overcoming the stereotypical judgement. I want to continue to produce work that not only reflects on my childhood experiences in these isolated and controlled environments and ideas of gender roles and "how" and "who" we should be because of our assigned gender, but also to find common stories and create beautiful art that reflects on the uncertainties of religious oppression.

    El Cielo Para los No Deseados

    Recuerdo haber crecido en Puerto Rico, una isla con creencias religiosas muy fuertes. La obsesión hacia la homosexualidad de la que habla la Biblia. Soy un hombre gay y debido a creencias religiosas, sentí que nunca podría vivir mi verdad y que tenía que camuflarme, dentro de mi cultura en cual tenía que presentar a alguien más. En esta serie, quería hablar con aquellos que también sentían la opresión religiosa en sus vidas, desde una edad temprana hasta ahora ofreciendo este trabajo como una forma de llamar la atención a mi comunidad, compañeros y amigos. Utilizando mis experiencias personales e ideas a través de investigaciones relacionadas con la religión y la sexualidad como una forma de comentar sobre cómo afecta a la comunidad LGBTQ + mental y físicamente, particularmente en regiones colonizadas como Puerto Rico. Además quiero celebrar a aquellos que pueden confiar en su sexualidad superando el juicio estereotípico. Quiero continuar produciendo trabajos que no solo reflejan las experiencias de mi infancia en estos entornos aislados y controlados e ideas de roles de género y "cómo" y "quién" deberíamos ser debido a nuestro género asignado, sino también para encontrar historias comunes y crear bellas imágenes que reflexionen sobre las incertidumbres de la opresión religiosa.

    Selected Exhibitions

    2020
    Inspite of Everything Virtual Exhibition, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    Flux, AUTOMAT Collective, Philadelphia, PA

    2019
    Art Unleashed, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    2018
    Photography Show, Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Publications

    2020
    "Heaven for the Unwanted", Inspite Of Everything Book, May 2020

    Vogue Italia, May 2020

    Featured Artist, Lenscratch, Tell me a story Issue, May 2020

    "Shadows" Feature, Hunger Magazine, April 2020

    El Nuevo Dia Newspaper, Puerto Rico, February 10, 2020

    2019
    Sad Punk Press Magazine, December/Winter Issue 2019

    "Modern Day Royalty", Vogue Italia, October 2019

    "Modern Classical", Vogue Italia, September 2019

    Professional Experience

    2020
    Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA
    Instructor of Studio & Fashion Editorial Photography

    Awards & Honors

    2020
    The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    The Nikon Ben Rose Award

    2019
    The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Wacom Editing Award

    The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Alfred Ignarri Studio Photography Award

    2018 - 2020
    The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Adolf & Geraldine Paire Full Scholarship

    2017
    Profoto Studio Excellence Award, Philadelphia, PA

    Zacuto Award for Creative Imaging, Philadelphia, PA

    Education

    2020
    The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Bachelors in Fine Arts, Photography