Forcella is stabbed into the deepest guts of Naples. It’s the oldest and small neighbourhood of the city, known as the home to the most violent and fierce mafia gangs.

In Forcella time is suspended, frozen in a undefined era that holds the breath from postwar to the Eighties; modernity and globalisation didn’t make their way through the daily life of common people.

Forgotten by the institutions, abandoned to the casualness, cursed forever by the 1980’s earthquake, Focella is also a place where citizens follow ancient rites of friendship and politeness. Forcella seems like the archetype of the whole city of Naples.

We started from this area to continue our exploration to other districts we felt had a similar atmosphere, like the Quartieri Spagnoli, Sanità, and the city beaches of the Caracciolo broad walk. Places where poverty is the queen and camorra the king

You can read an interview about Forcella on Slideluck website.

Forcella was presented at Slideluck Bologna.

Multimedia Tips

a. What program was used to create the multimedia?

An old fashioned iMovie ’08.

b. How and why did you choose that sound/music?

Jean-Marc is a musician. He writes all the soundtracks for slide shows. Some tracks belong to “Minimalismus” a record released teaming up with Israeli musician Ziv Jacob.

c. Tell us about the editing process when you think of a multimedia.

Valentina is really good in editing stories, both for magazines and agency purposes and lately for multimedia. It is a challenging work when static elements, as pictures are, are combined with video footage. It is like making interact people speaking two different languages. For photographers this is really good practise, giving new dimension and perspectives to the photographic series. In these years we learnt quite a few things as photographers while assembling multimedia pieces for our stories. And then the music has to be conceived following a certain rhythm. Multimedia is in fact very much a question of rhythm. As a team of two we enjoy the whole creative process a lot.

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