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Diary of: @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.
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.
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.