Gianmarco Maraviglia | Photojournalist
It is said that a state is de facto independent when, although it is not recognized by the international community as an independent country, in practice it exercises its sovereignty in complete autonomy.
 Can you exist without being recognized?
 De facto countries are often a stretch of history and geography. Lands and peoples that change flag, sometimes leader.
With the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the late '80s, the autonomy ambitions of ethnic groups - divided and ignored for too long - vehemently exploded, claiming their right to a land, but above all to an identity.
Long-repressed anger and resentment have resulted in bloody conflicts, still ongoing today.
Nagorno Karabakh, Transnistria, Abkhazia and South Ossetia have now their own government, institutions and borders. In spite of this, these nations live suspended between the awareness of their own identity and the dismay for the lack of recognition.
To date, these territories remain unsolved riddles, hidden in the mountains of the Caucasus and the Balkans.
Over the past 25 years, many generations were born and raised in these countries without a direct memory of a different homeland.
 Blooming Generation is the story of these nations told through the eyes and the stories of those who have grown up taking for granted their homeland but also their history.
A journey of their search for identity but above all for a better future. A blank page on which they can write their own destiny serenely and independently, living a life free from the ghosts of the past and the fear of war.


Project with Karl Mancini

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Blooming Generation

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Milions of pilgrims annually visit the great sanctuaries in the villages where the Virgin Mary it is said to have appeared. Each one comes with a load of hopes, prayers, often with illusions. The sacredness of the place is often perceived as a great spiritual energy, as a union of souls, a huge merger of shared pain in search of the miracle of healing.
But as often happens, there is always a hidden side, a different reading. Over the past two years, together with the journalist of Vanity Fair Tamara Ferrari, I visited the most important Marian shrines, to tell the hidden sides, sometimes the dark side.
From the black masses of Medjugorje to the pagan rites of Fatima, from the obscure prophecies of Kibeho in Rwanda to the wild parties of Lourdes, an alternative and disenchanted vision of the holiest places in the world for Christianity.

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Hidden sides of sacred places

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21 (INSTA) GRAMS

What is left of the huge amount of data that every day we post to social?
The narration of the world is increasingly mediated by the sharing society. We are what we share. And what we share must reflect the way we want to be perceived. If the few intimate people who know us in real life can share joys and sorrows, thousands of followers know us only for the few images we've decided to share. Images of everyday life, of happy episodes, of travels, of dinners ... the images of our children. That's what remains. It is said that the weight of the soul is 21 grams. How much weighs a byte, or a mega, in grams?
This is the life of my children, told about a social, in the last six years

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MILAN IN BETWEEN

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Milan, my city. Not entirely European, not entirely Italian. I was all over the city for months using only public transport, to tell, through its inhabitants, a city in between.