Pacifico Silano at VOLTA NY

In the project “Arrangements,” Pacifico Silano sources imagery from vintage gay pornography magazines, reworking, collaging and documenting tear sheets that formally relate to one another. Each arrangement serves as a marker of a gay man who once was here. Using magazines that span from the 1970s to the early 1980s, he creates collages that speak directly to loss as a result of the AIDS crisis. Each photograph is presented and preserved in a thick slab of plexiglass. Freestanding, various sized prints are grouped together and arranged to conceal and reveal a hidden history. Gay identity and its relationship to the circulation of images and print culture is often left unexamined. Silano’s reaction to that is to create work that addresses and reflects the importance of representation and history of the LGBTQ community. Pacifico Silano was born at the height of the AIDS epidemic. His uncle died shortly thereafter from HIV complications, leaving Pacifico with no recollection of who his uncle was or what he looked like. Silano’s work explores the lives of men like his uncle who have faded from our memory.

Pacifico Silano is a lens-based artist whose work is an investigation into lost histories of the LGBTQ community. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he received his MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts. His work has been exhibited in group shows, including at the Bronx Museum; Context, Miami; Oude Kerk, Amsterdam; and ClampArt, New York City. He had a solo show at Baxter ST@CCNY in 2016. Reviews of his work have appeared in The New Yorker, Artforum, Newsweek and The New York Times. He is a winner of the Individual Photographer’s Fellowship from the Aaron Siskind Foundation and a Finalist for the Aperture Foundation Portfolio Prize. He was chosen both as an Artist in Residence at Light Work in Syracuse, NY and for the Workspace Residency of Baxter St@CCNY. He is also a 2016 fellow in Photography with the New York Foundation for the Arts.

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