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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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Pacifico Silano
Brooklyn, NY 11206
pacificosilano@gmail.com

Education

2012 MFA in Photo, Video and Related Media: School of Visual Arts, New York, NY.
2008 BFA in Photography: Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster, PA.

Awards & Honors

2014 John Gutmann Photography Fellowship, Nominee.
2013 Aperture Portfolio Prize - Finalist/Runner Up.
Hey Hot Shot! 2nd Edition Winner.
The Bronx Museum of The Arts, Artist in The Marketplace Program.
2012 Aaron Siskind Foundation, Individual Photographer’s Fellowship.
Pride Photo Award, First Prize, Open Category, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Solo Exhibitions

2015 ClampArt Gallery, New York, NY.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 The Armory Show, Aperture Gallery Booth, New York, NY.
The Bangalore Queer Film Festival 2014, Bangalore, India.
2013 Camera Club of New York, Benefit Auction, New York, NY.
Bronx Calling AIM Video Screening at Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY.
Bronx Calling AIM Video Screening at Wave Hill, Bronx, NY.
The Bronx Museum of The Arts, Bronx Calling: 2nd AIM Biennial, Bronx, NY.
Hey Hot Shot! Group Show, Jen Bekman Gallery, New York, NY.
15th Annual Postcards From The Edge, Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York, NY.
2012 "Curator's Choice", CONTEXT Art Miami, ClampArt Booth, Miami, FL.
Miami Project Contemporary + Modern. Visual Arts Gallery Booth, Miami,FL.
Pride Photo Award Exhibition. Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, NL.
Into The Woods, Summer Group Show. ClampArt. New York, NY.
MFA Photography, Video & Related Media Thesis Exhibition. SVA Gallery.New
York, NY.
Telescope: Views of Alumni Life in Art. Pennsylvania College of Art & Design,
Main Gallery. Lancaster, PA.
LEWD, Krause Gallery. New York, NY.
Affordable Art Fair. Visual Arts Gallery Booth, New York, NY.
2011 Gates of Ganesh, Benefit Auction. New York, NY.
In Love We Trust, Michael Mut Gallery. New York, NY.
2010 Daniel Cooney Emerging Artist Auction New York, NY.
2009 ARTribe Benefit Auction Swiss Institute. New York, NY.
2007 1212 Gallery National Juried Photography Exhibition, 1212 Gallery.
Richmond, Virginia.
Photography 26, Perkins Center for the Arts. Moorestown, NJ.
Texas Photographic Society 15: The National Competition, Traveling
Exhibition.

Artist Talks & Lectures

2014 School of Visual Arts, BFA Photo Department’s Sexulity Class - Guest Critic,
New York, NY.
Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, BFA Photo Department, Guest
Lecturer, Lancaster, PA.
2013 Bronx Museum of the Arts, Guest Lecturer, New York, NY.
Selected Bibliography
2014 Damian Barr: Why Do So Many Gay Men Hate Camp Men, New Statesman
Magazine. London, UK.
Escapades in Riis Park. Rockaway Summer, Issue #2, August/September
Issue.
Leather Grandaddies. VICE Magazine, August Issue.
Portfolio with text by Elisabeth Biondi. Photograph Magazine, May/June
Issue.
2013 Dear Uncle Frank: A Photographer’s Exploration of Gay Myths and Family
Truths. TIME LightBox.
18 Pacifico Silano. MATTE Magazine.
Aperture Portfolio Prize Winners - Runner-Up: Pacifico Silano. Aperture.org.
2011 Self Publish, Be Naughty, SPBH Book. London, UK.
 








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