Today for the column “The Gangway” we present “Napoli Nord”, the first book of the Italian photographer Vincenzo Pagliuca, edited by the independent photobook publisher The Velvet Cell, established in London in 2011 by Éanna de Fréine.
Napoli Nord explores the Roma camps on the northern outskirts of Napoli. The project documents the houses built by the Romani population, their interiors and their inhabitants. Instead of portraying its precarious housing and decay, Vincenzo’s images undermine our prejudices and offer us an insight into an oft-misunderstood world.
Pagliuca was born in Pavia in 1980. His artistic practice focuses on the landscape and man intervention on the land, especially bringing the attention to rural and suburban Italian locations.
His work has been featured in museums and festivals such as: Copenhagen Photo Festival, Darmstäder Tage der Fotografie, Centro Italiano della Fotografia d’Autore (Bibbiena), Arcos Museum (Benevento), Galleria del Cembalo (Rome), Villa Pignatelli – Casa della Fotografia and MADRE Museum (Naples), Ulster Museum (Belfast. From 2015 to 2017 he has been a member of LAB \ per un laboratorio irregolare created by Antonio Biasiucci. In 2020 he has published the photobook Napoli Nord • Case Rom