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Pacifico Silano
Brookyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: Against Nature, is a body of work that investigates the subjugated history of gay men living in Nazi Germany during World War II. Taking its name from “Paragraph 175,” part of the old German Criminal Code that criminalized acts of homosexulaity, this project explores the complex relationship between sexuality, authority and brutality. Using the colors red, black and white, the same color combination used for Nazi propaganda, this project creates new meaning in found photographs, juxtaposed with obscured portraits and still lifes. By giving agency to the gay victims of the Nazi regime while simultaneously homoeroticizing their oppressors, these photographs explore a complicated and overlooked part of the Holocaust. This project gives voice to the nearly 15,000 homosexuals who were sent to concentration camps and forced into silence.
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  • German Officer
    2014
    Archival Pigment Print
    44" x 49.5"
    From the series "Against Nature"

  • Obscured Salute
    2014
    Archival Pigment Print
    20" x 16"
    From the series "Against Nature"

  • Aryan Ideal
    2014
    Archival Pigment Print
    20" x 16"
    From the series "Against Nature"

  • Floral in Red, Black and White
    2014
    Archival Pigment Print
    20" x 16"
    From the series "Against Nature"

  • Six Faces
    2014
    Archival Pigment Print
    (6) 20" x 16"
    From the series "Against Nature"

  • Into Memory
    2014
    Archival Pigment Print
    20" x 16"
    From the series "Against Nature"

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