By Sofie Vasquez
Westchester Drag is a documentary black and white photo series about the drag renaissance happening in the cities of Yonkers and Mount Vernon in Westchester County, New York.
The town of Westchester is traditionally characterized as a conservative, upper-class county and this erases the prominent queer POC presence, especially in the cities of Yonkers and Mount Vernon where the Mexican-Cuban restaurant Guapos and Brazilian-Venezuelan restaurant The Alamo hosts weekly/bi-weekly drag shows - a first for Westchester as visibility for the queer community continues to emerge from the shadows.
Sofie Vasquez (b. 1998) is an Ecuadorian-American documentary photographer born and raised in The Bronx, New York. Her artwork explores the mediums of photography, filmmaking, and journalism with a focus on expressing narratives about identity, community, and culture. Her work has been featured in The New York Times and exhibited at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Bronx Documentary Center, and the Ecuadorian-American Cultural Center in Queens, New York. She is currently a fellow at the International Center of Photography.