Smorfia

TEC030

Smorfia

René Beekvelt

135 x 330 mm
2 perforated sheets
with 42 bingo cards

english, neapolitan

year: 2015
edition: 600

978-94-92051-10-3

€ 13.00


René Beekvelt

Rob van Hoesel
Carel Fransen

NPN Printers

For hundreds of years Catholic Neapolitans have gathered around for ‘la smorfia’, a bingo-game, where dreams are associated with the numbers 1 to 90. ‘La Mamma’ is 52, if she is laughing, the number is 9, meaning fertility. The cat is 3, the child is 2 and 89 „la vecchia“, is the old woman. The lottery spans your whole life. From naked birth to naked death, through hard times and warm summer nights.

René Beekvelt often visited the city of Naples. He wandered around through the narrow streets where there is unlikely chaos. He felt the fear of being robbed, but he intensely enjoyed the sincerity of the Neapolitans and all facets of life taking place so openly.

A selection of his images are used in this Smorfia card-set.

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