top of page

Like a free butterfly... the world is mine and I make everyone dream



           le colonel astral

Every day for nine years Fernando Oreste Nannetti (1927 - 1994) engraved texts on the facades of the psychiatric hospital in Volterra (Italy), where he was interned. The words traced in stone using the metallic point of his vest buckle, part of the uniform that each patient wears, unfold over 70 meters in length in several walls of the internal courtyard of the hospital.

A real open-air wall-book that reveals an astonishing world, between dream and reality, science and imagination.

Convinced of being linked to supernatural and cosmic presences, Nannetti poetically recreates his exchanges with the interstellar universe, as with the earth and its viscera.

This colossal work has been the subject of exhibitions and all of its texts have been deciphered, transcribed and translated by the Collection de l'Art Brut in Lausanne.

As an exhibition curator, passionate about the secret webs that our society weaves between peripheries and centers, Gustavo Giacosa has presented the work of Nannetti in several exhibitions.

After a theoretical and aesthetic approach, with the complicity of the composer Fausto Ferraiuolo he wanted to give a vital breath to what can be perceived as a silent cry, even suffocated in the walls of confinement.


Photos (c) Margot Montigny

A project by Gustavo Giacosa

from the murals of Oreste Fernando Nannetti

Original music performed on stage: Fausto Ferraiuolo

In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.

Light Designer: Bertrand Blayo

Production: Compagnie SIC.12.

Co-production: Théâtre Liberté, Scène National de Toulon (F), La Grange de Dorigny, Lausanne (CH),

Teatro dell'Archivolto, Genoa (I).

With the support: of the Conservatories CRR of the cities of Annecy and Chambery, of the 3bisf place of contemporary arts in Aix en Provence.

SIC.12 is supported by: Ministry of Culture and Communication, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Regional Council, Bouches-du-Rhône Departmental Council, City of Aix-en-Provence.

In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

Creation premieres: October 11, 12, 2016 at the Théâtre Liberté, Scène National de Toulon

Technical fiche
bottom of page