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Ciro Battiloro "Sanità"

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The “Rione Sanità” is solitude and love, irony and tragedy, faith and sin. The contrasts generate surreal existences. The street and the house merge together, the private becomes public and the public hides the secrets of the private.

Ciro Battiloro "Sanità"
Ciro Battiloro

Silence is a rare gift for these alleys, but in its revelation you rediscover the naked and immense soul of a forgotten humanity. My project focuses on the Rione’s life in its intimate and sweet fold. My images want to give back the best part of that flesh that can also be bestial. The “Rione Sanità” was built in the 16th century, in a quarry used as a burial  place  during  the Greco-Roman  period.  The  strong  link  between  inhabitants  and  death  is one of the distinctive features of the district. The district, born as a residence place for noble and aristocratic  families,  has  become  one  of  the  poorest  in  Naples  due  to  the  construction  of  the “Ponte  Sanità”  (later  called  “Ponte  Maddalena  Cerasuolo”).  The  bridge,  built  by  the  French between 1806 and 1809 and created to connect the Royal Palace of Capodimonte to the rest of the city, has excluded the neighborhood from the life of the latter. The “Rione Sanità” is developed in a depression: it is an urban reality in itself, which is not necessary to cross to move from one side  of  the  city  to  another.  This  isolation,  exacerbated  by  lack  of  integration  and  development policies,  has  led  to the  proliferation  of  various  social  problems  such  as  unemployment,  school drop-outs,  presence  of  criminal  organizations.At  the  same  time,  the  district  has  retained  its identity. Among the inhabitants of the “Rione Sanità” has grown a strong sense of belonging only scratched  on  the  surface  by  modernity.  The  district  welcomes  a  vast  humanity  with  different geographical  origins  and  different  personal  stories.  This  diversity  is  a  wealth.  There  is  not  only marginality, but also an extraordinary vitality.

The whole project has been realized with analog cameras Leica M6 and Nikon f3; film type Kodak Trix 400 pushed to 800 ISO. The artist developed the film by himself.

Ciro Battiloro (born 1984 in Torre del Greco) is an italian photographer based in Napoli. He studied philosophy at “Federico II” University of Napoli and after he specialized in documentary photography. His work is an overall analysis on the human being and how the relationships, lived in contexts of discomfort and social neglect can reveal their real nature. He uses a very intimate approach and through everyday life he discusses more general’s social thematics. In particular his  research  of  the  last  years  is  focused  on  some  urban  marginalities  in  South  Italy  like  Rione Sanità  in  Napoli  and  QuartiereSanta  and  Lucia  in  Cosenza).  In  2015, he  took  part  in  the  2nd edition of LAB, Irregular Laboratory created by Antonio Biasiucci. He was selected for the artistic residencies:  Bocs  Art -International  Artistic  Residences  in  Cosenza  and  Up-Urban  People  in Milan.  His  works  have  been  published  in  several  magazines:L’Espresso,  Internazionale,  LFI, GUP, Doc! Photo Magazine and been exposed in different museum and galleries.