Valerio Spada: Gomorrah Girl
Annalisa Durante was a victim of the Mafia warfare in Naples. Caught in the cross fire of a gangland execution attempt between rival clans, she was only 14 years old at the time of her death. Gomorrah Girl (named after Gomorrah, the 2008 film exploring the crime syndicates of southern Italy) is an investigation into the lives of the young women affected by the perpetual violence of the Camorrah mafia. The death of Annalisa is a grim background to the lives of girls depicted throughout the series; their adolescence cut short not by death, but by the mature demands and survival requirements of a community terrorized by gang warfare.
The series was published as a book that was awarded Blurb’s Photography Book Now Grand Prize in 2011. The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center presents Gomorrah Girl as an exhibition, opening this Thursday, September 13.
For more information about the exhibit, visit philaphotoarts.org, and to see more from the series, visit valeriospada.com.