“I don’t take pictures from real life, because I believe everything that I want to say has been said already. I’m just finding new ways to translate it.”
Silano works by appropriation, composing images that are warm and nostalgic but at the same time incomplete. We see fragments of male faces and bodies alongside romantic landscapes and everyday domestic scenes. The viewer finds himself longing to see the complete image, an effect Silano intentionally seeks, as much of his work examines the loss of his uncle due to complications from HIV when he was just a child.
The materials the artist works with constantly allude to the presence of their previous owners, providing us with evidence of the men who have flipped through these pages before us.
With its distinctive accordion-like construction, I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine investigates how memory is shaped through rhythm, interruptions and reductions.