Vittorio Corsini



And not for revenge is the title of a story by Laura Bosio. Narrator of the soul, she chose a woman
as the protagonist in this story, as in her books. Liuba is a Ukrainian girl who is fleeing the violence
of the war. She arrives in Peccioli and thanks to the help of the parish priest of Chiesa del Carmine
she starts a new life.
With Choral, Corsini captures the choral dimension of Bosio's story and arranges two semicircular
seats facing one another at the entrance to the church. The element placed in the center spreads out
the author's narrative voice.
Vittorio Corsini: And not for revenge is about Liuba's attempt to snatch something from the haze in
which she existed. It is a choral story, not an individual story, a story that is orally handed down
around a hearth. For this reason, the seats develop in a semicircle around a center, like a symbolic
and public brazier. The colours chosen for the seats and the central element faithfully reflect the
colours of the church floor.
Tiziano Scarpa: Vittorio Corsini placed an object between two marble benches, in the exact center
of those two semicircular brackets. It is a cylinder of black stone, just less than a meter high. The
top is not flat, but hollow, as if it were a fountain or a sink. It is not full of water, but of solid
crystals. They are rounded glass discs, like small flattened transparent marbles. I take a look at the
wall and I understand. A holy water font is fixed on the wall nearby. This hollow cylinder full of
glass drops is a font : yet, not for the hands but for the gaze. Upon entering the church, you dip your
fingertips in holy water and mark yourself with the sign of the cross. It is what is called, liturgically,
a sacramental sign: it is not a real sacrament, it is less decisive, but it is nevertheless full of
devotion. The holy water fonts are what is left of ancient purifying ablutions, necessary to enter a
temple, as Muslims still do before crossing the threshold of mosques. I remain mesmerised looking
at these perfect, transparent, brilliant pebbles. It is an intangible eye drop, designed not for the eyes
but for the looks. I purify my gaze. Now, all public places are equipped with hand sanitiser bottles. I
stop to think that their entrances should also have these optical fonts. When entering important
places - courts, schools, theatres - one should stop on the threshold and stare at a purifier of looks, a
device to sanitise dark circles under one’s eyes.
Pietro Gaglianò: two marble hemicycles close around a well filled with glass drops, in a
relationship of apparent continuity with an ancient font and a checkered floor. The cylinder with its
blue glass pieces is identified after a while: a wide-open eye, forced to see, to recognise, to not
forget, like the eyes of those who have witnessed violence, the militiamen and civilians in Laura
Bosio's story. In the circle created by Corsini it is impossible to escape this gaze and forget that
‘martyr’ comes from the Greek, and means ‘witness’.


VOCI un coro a Peccioli per un progetto di Vittorio Corsini, con una narrazione di Tiziano Scarpa e un testo critico di
Pietro Gaglianò, Gli Ori 2021, Pistoia.



Artista Vittorio Corsini
Titolo Opera Choral
Data 2018
Tecnica Marble, glass and narrator
Tipologia Installation


Peccioli, Chiesa del Carmine