Ciro Battiloro: Sanita'

The more you look at the images by Ciro Battiloro, the more you get the feeling that you are actually watching a black-and-white Italian movie from the 50s. Ciro's photographs radiate the neorealist atmosphere of everyday life set in relaxed and at the same time economically tight circumstances of post-war Italy. And indeed, Rione Sanità is one of the poorest and most infamous districts of today's Naples, but - interestingly - with an aristocratic background, boasting an array of picturesque Palazzos. And what a feast for the eyes to see this “richness” of life and its almost physical vitality vibrating through the images.

About the project
"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. 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 Rione’s life in its intimate and sweet fold. My images seek to show the best part of that flesh that can also be bestial.

"Rione Sanità" was built in the 16th Century. The district, born as a residence place for aristocratic families, has become one of the poorest in Naples due to the construction of the "Sanità bridge". The Rione Sanità is developed in a depression: it is an urban reality in itself. This isolation 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 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.

About the photographer
Ciro Battiloro (Torre del Greco, 1984) is an italian photorapher based in Naples. He studied philosophy at “Federico II” University of Naples and afterwards specialized in documentary photography. For a long time he has photographed outside Italy, traveling in Africa, Iran, Macedonia, Turkey, Romania. His work is an overall analysis of the human being and the way the relationships in the contexts of discomfort and social neglect can reveal their real nature. He uses an intimate approach to address major social issues. In particular his research of the last years is focused on some urban marginalities in South Italy (Rione Sanità in Napoli; Quartiere Santa Lucia, Cosenza). 


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