Army Youth

Since I started working on this project, the most frequent question I was asked was: “What do you think? What is the impression of the army from the outside?”.
I was asked right by the young people I worked on. I first met them during their training in Sicily and later on in the UN mission in Lebanon, with the aim to know the approach, the life and the expectations of a twenty-years old Italian who chooses military life and mission abroad.
After this experience my answer to that first question has always been about the gap, the distance between two worlds that rarely come in contact.

And it is precisely within this distance that I tried to work. The distance between the imagery and the reality, between being considered an hero and becoming an adult, between leaving to the conflict and waiting to get back home.

I focused on youngsters – who I believe are always a good way to understand the present – discovering the choices, the desire of building their own simple and stable future, and the close analogies with the generation which they belong to.