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Postcard by Nicola Bertellotti: suspended places

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Postcard by Nicola Bertellotti: suspended places
Ph. Nicola Bertellotti
1. If you were to write a Travel diary from your trip to your favorite “lost place”, what would your title be? What does this title mean to you?

Quoting a famous essay by Marguerite Yourcenar: “Time, that Great Sculptor”. The title is taken from a poem by Victor Hugo in which he railed against the inexpressiveness of monuments that are too new, opposing them to the charm of ruins. I, too, imagine a perfect building as one to which time has put the finishing touches.

Postcard by Nicola Bertellotti: suspended places
Ph. Nicola Bertellotti
Postcard by Nicola Bertellotti: suspended places
Ph. Nicola Bertellotti
Postcard by Nicola Bertellotti: suspended places
Ph. Nicola Bertellotti
2. If you were to send a postcard from your “trip” right now, to whom would you send it? What message would you write?

I would send it to my 11-year-old self, when it all began. I would announce the most precious thing I have been able to recover during this journey, the sense of wonder from when I was a child.

Postcard by Nicola Bertellotti: suspended places
Ph. Nicola Bertellotti
Postcard by Nicola Bertellotti: suspended places
Ph. Nicola Bertellotti
Postcard by Nicola Bertellotti: suspended places
Ph. Nicola Bertellotti
Postcard by Nicola Bertellotti: suspended places
Ph. Nicola Bertellotti
Postcard by Nicola Bertellotti: suspended places

Ph. Nicola Bertellotti

3. What is one of your objects that will remind you of this “journey”? What is the memory related to it? Can you send us a photo taken by you

This is a fragment of a puzzle from 40 years ago that I found on the floor of an abandoned boarding school in northern Italy. After I photographed it, I began an obsessive search to find the city depicted in the puzzle, I mobilized the manufacturers and even forums of enthusiasts, I asked anyone for information. I found the original packaging but not yet the name of the place. But the search continues, this is also traveling.

Ph. Nicola Bertellotti
Ph. Nicola Bertellotti
Postcard by Nicola Bertellotti: suspended places
Ph. Nicola Bertellotti
Nicola Bertellotti was born in Pietrasanta (Lucca, Italy) in 1976. What emerges in his aesthetics is the nostalgia of paradise lost, expressed in the love for the ruins, and the re-proposition in a photographic key of decadent poetics. He has exhibited in various contemporary art galleries and museums; among the main exhibitions: Fenomenologia della fine, Sopra le logge, Pisa (2013); Hic sunt dracones, Castel dell’Ovo, Naples (2016); Aftermath, Isculpture gallery, San Gimignano (2017). In the summer of 2019, the Pärnu Museum in Estonia is dedicating to him the solo exhibition The Great Beauty, the photographer’s homage to Italy’s great abandoned beauty. He is currently on display at Estella Gallery in New Orleans with Paradiso Perdutothe beauty of imperfection. His works are in several public and private collections and have appeared in prestigious magazines, including: Esquire, Elle Decor, Arte, Artedossier, Lampoon, Bild, Daily Mail.

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