Né santi né eroi

Né santi né eroi

Site specific photographic installation

curator Mario Spada

December 18th 2019>January 19th 2020


PRESS CONFERENCE December 18th time 6.30 p.m.


Santa Maria della Misericordia ai Vergini church

Via Vergini, 1 – Napoli

opening December 18th 2019 time 6.30 p.m.



The CFI Independent photography centre in collaboration with SMMAVE Contemporary Art Centre last May proposed the project «Portraits from Vergini». On one side the students of the one-year course of CFI and on the other side the people who live, work and visit the ancient Borgo dei Vergini. An activity divided in two days full of snapshots about «Portraits from the market» and «The holiday dress» in Santa Maria della Misericordia ai Vergini church, here a hundred people took place in front of the lens. A fresco of diverse humanity came out and brought a new face to an historical place, returned to a new life thanks to the several activities of the SMMAVE.

From the photo shoot of that days is born «Né santi né eroi», a site specific project that dialogues with the ancient structures of the church and its history. A coherent installation curated by Mario Spada with the Matronato of the Donnaregina Foundation for contemporary arts, organized on eight big compositions that let live again the empty spaces of the paintings once cherished in the Misericordiella church.

A strong symbolic gesture that reconnects the territory to the community and revives a cultural dialogue of participation and sharing. The photographers involved are Mariagiovanna Capone, Valentina De Felice, Ivana Donati, Emanuela Gasparri, Ilenia Giordano, Giulia Morrica, Renata Petti, Chiara Pirollo, Massimo Polisiero, Carmen Sigillo and Guglielmo Verrienti, whose photos make a strong symbolic composition.

Christian Leperino artist and president of SMMAVE says «With this new Mario Spada project dedicated to the Misericordiella is cemented the successful collaboration with CFI Independent Photography Centre. The installation that we open together is the result of a participative path of artistic research, centred on the relation with territory and its inhabitants with a strong common feature. Agree with our restoration effort of this precious place as new aid of cultural regeneration open to the city».

«The idea of the photographic installation and its title came out from a consideration: saints and heroes don’t want to immolate themselves, often they are only forced by circumstances to behave in that way, while they’ll like a normal life» Mario Spada explains.

The exhibition is free entrance, visitable on Thursday and Sunday, will be introduced for a press preview on Wednesday December 18th 2019 at 11.30 a.m., with the participation of the president of SMMAVE Christian Leperino, Mario Spada of CFI and the photographers who took part at the two days activity. Opening on Wednesday at 6.30 p.m. December 18th 2019.




site specific photographic installation

«Né santi né eroi»

SMMAVE Centro per l’arte contemporanea

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Misericordia ai Vergini

Via Vergini, 1 – Napoli

Opening December 18th, 6.30 p.m.

Open: Thursday 6-8 p.m. | Sunday 11-1 a.m.

Closing January 19th 2020

Free entrance








SMMAVE Contemporary Art Centre is a cultural association based in Naples, at Santa Maria della Misericordia ai Vergini church, also known as the Misericordiella, it was born by an idea of the artist Christian Leperino, who is the president. Since 2015 SMMAVE has taken care of this heritage site, for a long time abandoned and in decay, with an intense voluntary work of renewal, study and promotion still in progress. The Misericordiella is nowadays open to the public in order to make it a place for research, teaching and artistic production. Our association is a new cultural aid that works with historians, architects, artists, photographers, restorers as well as cinema and theatre experts.

Il CFI Independent Photography Centre is a creative workshop born in Naples in 2013 from the meeting of three photographers Mario Spada, Biagio Ippolito and Luca Anzani with the aim of support and promote the photographic culture. Even if deeply involved in the Neapolitan cultural fabric the CFI is open to innovation as a place of sharing views comparison, with the intention of run through new path to understand the reality that we live. Along with the education activity, which is the base kernel, it has carry out, in the last years, open workshops and collaboration with the most important masters and operators of the Italian photography.




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SMMAVE – Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea è un’associazione culturale con sede a Napoli, nella chiesa di Santa Maria della Misericordia ai Vergini, detta Misericordiella. Stiamo portando avanti la pulizia, il recupero e la valorizzazione di questo bene per farne un luogo di ricerca, didattica e produzione artistica. Collaborano con noi storici dell’arte, architetti, artisti, fotografi, restauratori, esperti di cinema e di teatro. Il presidente di SMMAVE è Christian Leperino, artista.

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