Ospedale delle Bambole (A dolls’ hospital), Via Ripetta 29, Rome, Italy
“Restauri Artistici Squatriti is a small workspace about 50 square feet where Federico Squatrito and his mother Gelsomina nurse ailing dolls and other porcelain objects back to health. The pungent odor of glue and solvents are the “medications” Squatrito doles out to his porcelain patients. The walls and counters are covered with parts of broken toys and figurines, along with antique plates, vases, and any number of mysterious objects waiting for Squatrito to give them new life.”
From a series of 60 Polaroid photographs taken in Tarkovsky’s native Russia and in Italy, where he spent time in political exile.
“Tarkovsky often reflected on the way time flies and wanted to stop it… The melancholy of seeing things for the last time is the highly mysterious and poetic essence that these images leave with us. It is as though Andrei wanted to transmit his own enjoyment quickly to others. And they feel like a fond farewell.”