Since 2004, more than 3,500 cases of child abuse committed by priests and Church members were reported to the Vatican. In 2014, the UN accused the Vatican of “systematically” adopting policies that have allowed priests to rape and molest thousands of children over decades, failing to report allegations to the authorities and transferring the offenders to new dioceses, where they could commit abuse again. In Italy, where the influence of the Vatican is strongest, abuses often fall silent, the cases are covered, and the victims are afraid to make their voices heard. Victims are entrenched into an agonizing silence and forced to live with a burden they will carry with them for a lifetime, unable to forget the past. The scars are deep, the memories heavy, the silence deafening. With a heterogeneous use of formats and images (portraits, archival materials, letters, objects, landscapes and photos of the locations where the abuses have been committed) “Confiteor (I Confess)” is a journey into these memories, into these scars, into this silence.
(b. 1986) works as an Italian documentary photographer. Claravino has an MA in Contemporary History, and since 2014, has been published by several newspapers, magazines, and media outlets, such as Newsweek, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Al Jazeera, The Atlantic, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, VICE, Huck Magazine, and Courrier International. Parallel with his work for media outlets, Claravino also pursues personal and long term projects, which have been exhibited and screened in art galleries, festivals, and public spaces, like Fotografia Europea in Reggio Emilia, the Athens Photo Festival, Les Rencontres d’Arles, Omnibus Circus in Paris, and the European Parliament in Belgium. Claravino’s work has received prizes and by several institutions and foundations, most notably the European Journalism Center in conjunction with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2015 and 2016 and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in 2014 and 2017.