Forcella Reigns: The Men Who Play Cards

“Forcella Reigns” is an immersive multimedia installation with a raw theatrical profile and the culmination of a 4-year anthropological research study in Forcella, a run-down and often avoided neighborhood in Naples, South Italy. There I embedded myself with a group of men who play cards on a corner staircase, Gradini Forcella, everyday. In these dilapidated streets surrounded by violence and organized crime, I studied the day to day story of these card games. The installation's title comes from a graffiti tag (Forcella Regna) found on site and refers to the criminal battles in the neighborhood. This world can feel distant from that of these men. Yet, these two realities coincide in Forcella.