Spot home gallery was founded in Naples in February 2020 with the aim of promoting contemporary photography through solo and group exhibitions, artists residencies, participation in international art fairs. The interest is focused on those artists, established or emerging, who with passion, freedom, coherence and full commitment, pursue personal research works that bring emotions and make us think, suggesting new ways of interpreting the world and time we’re living in. Artists who are constantly exploring the possibilities of the medium and its supports, providing innovative and breaking languages. Spot produces and curates artist residencies. Selected authors are invited to spend a period of time in Naples, guests at the gallery, to create an original work which will then be the object of an exhibition and a publication.

Cristina Ferraiuolo

The history — Spot is an home gallery located in the heart of Naples, in via Toledo 66. I like to think that the history of this place is strongly related to the idea that animates it. Via Toledo was built by the will of the Spanish viceroy Don Pedro de Toledo that, in 1536 decided to build a main street to connect the historical center, enclosed within the walls, with the sea. Naples goes towards the world; the world comes to Naples.

Map of Naples in the XVIth century after the construction of via Toledo

Via Toledo is not only a street, it’s a feeling, present in the history and in the heart of every and each Neapolitan. Also in mine.

Carlo Brancaccio, Napoli , Via Toledo – Rain Impressions, 1888-1889

Here, in 1974, just in that section of Via Toledo painted by Brancaccio, my father opened Spot 2, a photography shop that, for 35 years, it has been the fulcrum of our family.

Spot 2 opening, 24th September 1974

My parents at Photokina in Cologne, 1970

Opposite, on the first floor of via Toledo 66, there was his studio, which later became my home, where I lived many years. Here I built my first darkroom and printed my first photographs, I welcomed artist friends that would came from far away to discover Naples.

Giovanni Ferraiuolo in his studio, 1974.

And now, after many years I’m back here, with the pleasure to open a private space and make it a place to show, create, and experience photography. Spot, a word whose possible meanings embrace many of my aspirations, remains first and foremost a sweet familiar sound to me.

  • light point on contemporary photography
  • place for meeting and sharing ideas and visions for artists, collectors, enthusiasts, and curious
  • position / point of view
  • place / home