Gallery | Kristian van Kuijk
26.10.2017 - Every season the new artwork in the headquarters brings a breath of fresh air to our four floors. This Fall our walls are filled with raw and colourful photographs shot by Kristian van Kuijk in Scampia, the notorious suburb of Naples in Italy.
Scampia is mostly known as the stomping grounds of the Italian mob. The characteristic buildings in the district ‘Vele di Scampia’ are built in the 70’s and were originally meant as high end apartments. Unfortunately, before they could be finished the Napoli mafia had taken over and transformed it into a fortress for their illegal enterprises.
Van Kuijk’s fascination with this neighbourhood started with
the Gomorrah film and series on Netflix. Unfazed by the known risks, he jumped on a plane and explored the grounds of the Scampia flats with an analogue camera.
“For 3 days I’ve explored the area to understand its structure. Only 4 of the 7 buildings are still there, but those will go to the ground pretty soon. The top floors are all empty and everything is filled with trash and provisional constructions. And once in a while you suddenly bump into someone” explains Van Kuijk.
The residents barely know English, so charmed with a few Italian phrases he tried to convince them to pose for the camera. “The only one I got in trouble with was the police. They didn’t believe I just came to make pictures. And one drunk guy who was so happy to have a visiter that he didn’t want me to leave. Other than that it is one of the most impressive places I’ve been.”
Check out the whole series on kristianvankuijk.com/scampia