Rubber Factory, New York
Pacifico Silano: 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 Plexiglas. 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.
I was born at the height of the AIDS epidemic. My uncle died shortly thereafter from HIV complications. I have no recollection of who he was or what he looked like. My work explores the lives of men like my uncle who have faded from our memory.