Vittorio Corsini

Bramble Bush


"Each author has obsessions that recur: I often go back to writing about nature, about the
relationship between man and animals, about the transformations of the planet, but also about the
relationship we have with death and demise. A recurring setting, for me, is the forest", declares the
poetess and writer Laura Pugno in an interview given on the occasion of the 2017 Premio
Campiello. The arson, which she writes for this project, is the story of Pietro, a man who sets fires
because he is convinced he will find the face of his missing daughter among the flames. "He knew
it was the last time, that by setting that fire - somehow, he knew - he would die, even if not now, on
the church lawn, with the damp below and the sky above, his burns were not fatal. He closed his
eyes, and felt something (…)”. The altar of the Church of Santi Rocco e Sebastiano in Fabbrica is
surrounded by an intertwining of branches and leaves. Upon sitting on one of the benches, the bush
lights up with the red of the fire and the author's voice spreads from the vibrating altar.

Vittorio Corsini: The story becomes part of the community; the insanity is understood and therefore
it becomes acceptable. This is why the altar, the center of the church, is set on fire.

Tiziano Scarpa: "it is a bush of branches and leaves that surround the altar; the lights turn on, turn
red, simulating the color of the flames… as if it were an ancestral, biblical, Old Testament altar: the
burning bush, the revelation that burns without being consumed. The flames protect the altar, and at
the same time they devour it. It is the altar itself that sacrifices itself, becoming a victim, according
to the powerful intuition of Corsini: so that its luminous consumption, stared at by the believers,
arouses revealing images, hallucinations more real than visual perception".

Pietro Gaglianò: "The wavering journey through the parts of Voci has a great momentum in the
sanctuary of the Madonna del Latte, in the hamlet of Fabbrica, where the work of Corsini and the
text of Laura Pugno are intertwined in a dense weave of reciprocal references with the church, with
its ancient form and with the worship that is practiced there. The contradictions of contemporary
life, the lacerations of the parental relationship, centuries of devotion and prayer coagulate in a very
dense core that gets visible form in the chromed steel bush. It is a critical interpretation of nature, a
further declination of the archetype of house-shelter experimented by the artist on other occasions;
here too, it contains a neon with a text expressing a non-articulated language, a succession of
phonemes that do not mature into language. The red light that ignites the steel bush, expressed
almost vocally by this written sound, is made of the same matter as the fire that pervades the story
of Pugno, of the Marian gown, of the evangelical passion and of the tragically human passion,
without the same assurance of salvation ".


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 Bramble Bush
Data 2018
Tecnica Steel, enamel, neon and narrator’s voice
Tipologia Installation


Fabbrica, Church of Santi Rocco e Sebastiano