Working as a lens-based artist, Pacifico Silano strives to appreciate gay identity through (gay pornographic) magazines from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. He interrogates the line between desire and masochism, focusing on the rugged, hypermasculine archetype that long plagued these magazines.


In conversation with George H. King, Silano opens up about his practice and his journey to become the artist, and person, he is today. The two discuss what inspired Pacifico to create his first piece after graduating art school, toxic white masculinity, and what we can expect from him in the future.