Summer 2016 artist-in-residence Antonio Da Silva discusses his time at TOM House with Durk Dehner, shot and edited by da Silva.
I am an award-winning Portuguese artist filmmaker currently doing a residency at Tom of Finland Foundation. With the objective of combining my interests in cinema, performance and visual arts, I undertook two master degrees in London, the first in Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins and the second in Dance for the Screen at The Place – London Contemporary Dance School. Experimenting is the core of my work, I am interested in exploring different artistic genres, both in terms of technique and content.
My practice is driven by daily routines and personal experiences. I have always been fascinated by male sex and sexuality. I became increasingly frustrated with how moving image explored this and have begun to make it the subject of my films over the last four years. My films explore such topics as cruising and public sex, internet hook ups and performance. I do not consider myself a pornographer but a filmmaker who uses my background to choreograph short films with explicit sex themes.
My films are regularly screened at festivals worldwide.
From the moment I finish watching one of Antonio Da Silva’s film, I am already aching for his next. Always skating the line between porn and art and always turning me on. TMI? I make no excuses for being a perv and you shouldn’t either. Antonio Da Silva’s choice of men in his films are exquisite.
BRAZIL SOLOS by Antonio Da Silva
This is a 34 min film including 60 min of extra footage.
In January 2016 I went back to Brazil to produce a new film. During this trip I had the opportunity to experience the culture and to meet many amazing Brazilian men who showed interest in collaborating with me.
Thanks to Brazil’s rich culture, I was able to produce three new short films: BRAZIL SOLOS, BRAZIL JUNGLE and BRAZIL CARNIVAL. BRAZIL SOLOS is the first film to be release from this trilogy.
BRAZIL SOLOS interviews 30 Brazilian men. They are all naked, relaxed and excited. They talk about the diversity in Brazil, their fantasies, the Cariocas, the butt, the hipper sexualisation of the black man and much more… All are sexually attracted to other men and very sexually active despite the fact that they live in a very conservative and religious country.
BRASIL SOLOS from Antonio Da Dilva Films will have a world premier on June 26th at Tom of Finland Foundation as part of the Queer Biennial II in Los Angeles, USA.