La Desolata is one of the most ancients and suggestive rituals of southern Italy. This procession is celebrated at Canosa di Puglia on Holy Saturday. Several women dressed in black with faces covered, screaming a strange version of the "Stabat Mater" (liturgical poems on the suffering of Mary, Jesus Christ's mother, during his crucifixion). This emotional hymn evokes strong feelings, creating a great desire to cry that is appeased only by contemplating the pain of the Desolate Virgin.
Giancarlo Zuccarone (b. 1980 Italy) is a freelance photographer based in Italy. Graduated with a degree in cinematograph and filmmaking at "Università degli Studi Roma3". His works are mainly focused on social and cultural issues. Clients and publications include National Geographic, Vogue Italia, Travel and Leisure, Skylife. His photographs are represented by Art+Commerce Agency (PhotoVogue).