“Forcella is stabbed into the deepest guts of Napoli”, write collaborating photographers Jean-Marc Caimi (1966, France) and Valentina Piccinni (1982, Italy). The oldest and smallest neighbourhood of the city, Forcella is known as the stomping grounds for the most violent mafia gangs around, a place that still hasn’t exhaled the last breath it took in the ‘80s, where poverty is queen and the Camorra is king.
Caimi and Piccinni began with the intention to ‘humanise’ this infamous neighbourhood by portraying its daily life. They rented a small flat in a passageway and set about exploring Forcella, developing their film daily in a darkroom that they set up in their toilet. With sharply contrasting black and white, the greys distressingly electric, the images evoke discomfort with their fearless proximity and graphic noise. It’s daily life, turned up to 11.