The Rione Sanita is solitude and love, irony and tragedy, faith and sin. The contrasts generate surreal experiences. The street and the house merge, the private becomes public, and the public hides the secrets of the individual. Silence is a rare gift for these alleys, but in its revelation, you rediscover the naked and immense soul of forgotten humanity. This project focuses on the Riones life in its intimate fold. These photographs want to give back the best part of that flesh that can also be brutal. The Rione Sanita 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 Ponte Sanit. The bridge has excluded the district from the city life. This isolation has led to the increase of social problems such as unemployment, school drop-outs and the rise of criminal organizations. At the same time, the district welcomes vast humanity with different origins and stories. This diversity is wealth. There is not only marginality but also extraordinary energy.
Rita and Elena. Rita is a mother of three girls. Her dream was to become a hairdresser, but could never afford it. Rione Sanita', Napoli.
Marco and Giusy. Marco is a father of three girls, and he collects and re-sell old iron for a living. Every night he goes out to work. Rione Sanita', Napoli.
Stefania. Stefania was born in Sicily. She moved to Napoli many years ago. Rione Sanita', Napoli.
Carlo and Renato. Carlo was born and raised in the Rione Sanit. At the age of 3, he was abandoned by his mother Lucia, a Somali woman. She has returned after ten years. Currently, they live in a tiny house with Lucia's partner. Rione Sanita', Napoli.
Assunta is touching the picture of her deceased son. Sometimes she speaks to him. Rione Sanita', Napoli.
Gennaro lives in the Rione Sanit for a long time, often moving from one place to another. He collects broken objects and rubbish – attempts to reuse and reinvent. He defines himself as an inventor. Rione Sanita', Napoli.
Nunzia's family in "Vascio". The vascio is the typical residence in the old neighbourhoods of Napoli, such as the Sanit District. It's easy to spot one – a small compartment, it's usually dark, located on the ground floor. Originally such rooms were built as a place for storage. Rione Sanita', Napoli.
Carlo with his girlfriend, Sabrina. "What I would like to have from a girl is what I have never received from life: affection" Carlo Rione Sanita, Napoli.
A woman from Calarasi. The Rione Sanita' hosts many different ethnic communities. One of the largest is Roma. Rione Sanita, Napoli.
Mena. Rione Sanita, Napoli.
Devid hugs his dog, Leo. Rione Sanita', Napoli.
Rita and Elena. Rita is a mother of three girls. Her dream was to become a hairdresser, but she could never afford it. Rione Sanita', Napoli.
Pasquale. Rione Sanita', Napoli.
Alfonso and his chicken. Alfonso is a transgender person. Once he was a sex worker. He told me that in the past, the affairs went okay, but the price he paid for a life spent on the road were just insults and harassments. Rione Sanita', Napoli.
Micau with his nephew. The Rione Sanita' hosts many different ethnic communities. One of the largest is Capoverdian. Rione Sanita', Napoli.