As we trod up the stone staircase we discovered a whole new world and realised we had wandered into a contemporary art exhibit.
Turns out Rome-born contemporary artist Gian Maria Tosatti works on a large canvas and for the past two years, that canvas has been the city of Naples. Tosatti has taken over a series of abandoned buildings in the city for his ongoing site-specific project "Seven Seasons of the Spirit". We happened to discover the fifth "Season of the Spirit", I Fondamenti della Luce (The Foundations of Light) housed in Santa Maria della Fede, in the ancient, chaotic heart of Naples.
The artist takes its cue from a letter written in 1917 by a poor 20-year-old Neapolitan girl, Paolina T., who was locked up in a lunatic asylum due to what the doctors termed her “constitutional immorality”. The choice of venue is deliberate: by the 19th century, this 17th-century convent had become a hospital and hospice for ‘fallen women’, then fell into a period of neglect before being occupied by a civic action group in December 2014.
What's around this corner?
Martial arts lesson in an abandoned Neapolitan convent?
The mind boggles.
A local community center
Wandering upstairs for more
Which room do we start with?
Trying to get our minds around the message
The world is still quite confusing
A look out the window might help
Wow! A real through back in time.
Games of light
My favourite room: it has a Swiss touch!
Weird place to park a Vespa
Is that what I think it is?
A sewing machine
Expat with Kids on a mission to discover more