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.


Blooming Generation is a long term project that i'm doing together with my colleague
Gianmarco Maraviglia  .

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Blooming 
Generation

Tales of a stateless youth

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