Lens Based Artist

Arrangements

In the project “Arrangements,” I source 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, I create collages that speak directly to loss as a result of the AIDS crisis. Each photograph is presented and preserved in thick slabs 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. My reaction to that is to create work that addresses and reflects the importance of representation and history of the LGBTQ community.

-Pacifico Silano