Rosario Esposito La Rossa, from his book "Fiori d’agave"
Palabras, La Scugnizzeria, with the support of Cassa di Sovvenzioni e Risparmio-Banca d’Italia, in collaboration with Collettivo Mina
In a middle school on the northern outskirts of Naples, a teenager roughly fifteen years old appears before the examiners to earn his diploma. The professors are as skeptical as can be expected about a student who has repeated the year more than once, but the boy isn't intimidated and delivers his oral report about history, his own personal history, marred by a tragedy, and then moves on to discuss the human body and the sculpture The Veiled Christ. The teachers hear him out in silence; a passing grade is all he asks for.