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Ciro Battiloro —Sanità


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. Silence is a rare gift for these alleys, but in its revelation you rediscover the naked and immense soul of a forgotten humanity. My images want to be returning the best part of that flesh that can also be bestial.

My project focuses on Rione Sanità’s life in its intimate and sweet fold. The Sanità district, situated in the heart of Napoli, is one of Europe’s most densely populated places. The district, born as a residential area for noble and aristocratic families, has become one of the most complex in Napoli due to the construction of the Sanità’s bridge. It has excluded the neighborhood from the city’s life. The Rione Sanità is an urban reality in itself, which is not necessary to cross to move from one side of the city to another. 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 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.


Ciro Battiloro (Torre del Greco, 1984) is an italian photorapher 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. He uses a very intimate approach and throught 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 (Rione Sanità in Napoli, Quartiere Santa Lucia,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 and been exposed in different museum/galleries and festivals.

For more information, please contact Ciro Battiloro at: cirobattiloroph@gmail.com or visit: www.cirobattiloro.com
Interview with Ciro Battiloro here