alessia capasso (be/it)
NOOR - God likes you
Alessia Capasso is an Italian photojournalist and documentary photographer currently based in Brussels. After a degree in international law and a master in international human rights protection, she obtained a scholarship to study photography at European Institute of Design (IED) in Rome. She completed her training through workshops, seminars and courses with professionals including Franco Fontana, Tiziana Faraoni (L’Espresso), Francesco Zizola (Noor), Abbas (Magnum).
From 2011 she started to work professionally as contributor for different photo agencies. Between 2013 and 2014 she teached photography and photojournalism at the High School of Journalism of LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome. Her work have been published in some international publications and exhibited in Italy, Belgium, Germany, Poland.
She prefers to develop long term stories, with a deep environmental and social commitment. Her studies strongly influenced her ethics and journalistic approach. The three years experience as educator inside an NGO increased consciousness in communication concerning the so called developing countries, minority groups and social prejudices. She lived in The Netherlands, Kenya, Benin, Morocco.
She loves soccer and good cooking.
GOD LIKES YOU
Why, at the time of instant gratification, dominated by the hic et nunc (here and now) imperative, young people decide to dedicate time, energies and choices to an intangible and postponed gratification? Which type of aesthetics Christian communities borrow by the event and communication world to attract and fascinate young people? According to Zygmunt Bauman, religions are fighting a hard battle in societies characterized by a constant insecurity. In the core of Europe, that cites Christianism as the base for common shared values, does really faith risk to disappear?
Religions with major success seems not the ones more adaptable to modern society values, but the more conservative ones. People still need fix points and rules to believe in. Evangelical churches are among them. They are in constant growth.
As for many other products, young people can also choose the religion they prefer: the more attractive and comfortable for their needs. That’s why for many churches the land of battle is the age of adolescence, usually characterized by a mix of disenchantment, lack of self-confidence and orientation.
At the same time, it is an age full of energies, radical loves, narcisism. Traditional religious simbols and rituals are suppressed or mixed. The more succesfull churches are those able to mix strong messages of faith with contemporary music, dances, dresses and languages of the new generation.