Portrait of a generation at war

by Luca Catalano Gonzaga

War has the ability and the power to transform the spiritual approach which usually every human being has with existence. Try to ask a child of Aleppo, Homs or Damascus what he wants to be when he grows up.  He will respond enthusiastically: “A soldier!”. There are no “pop-stars” around there, the local heroes have become the Army generals rewarded with medals for bravery, injured or dead on the front. Then suddenly a whole generation, young people between 18 and 25, found itself leading a life that many had not even imagined. Some of them threw themselves in the front lines to fight with weapons, while others have chosen to stay in the back, in war hospitals, to repair any kind of trauma. “Portrait of a generation at war is the photographic reportage by Luca Catalano Gonzaga telling the story of young nurses who medicate young soldiers who in turn sacrificed themselves to defend their future. Hand in hand, united by one goal: to free Syria against foreign invasion. In this reportage, photos of young men admitted to the hospital Youssef Al Asma Damascus, in traumatic conditions, which nevertheless proudly display on their smartphone images taken directly in the hot zones of conflict, strictly in military uniform. On the other side, the nurses , in their uniforms, as they pose, timidly, just moments before going in to surgery. (text by Sebastiano Caputo).