The Road. Short Walks through the Iberian Peninsula. 1979-2008
Duration: April 25th – May 30th, 2008
Produced by Ortega Muñoz Foundation, The Road. Short Routes through the Iberian Peninsula 1979 – 2008 is the result of a direct commission, and can be considered as a retrospective approach to Hamish Fulton’s work in Spain. In a reference to a very specific activity, which gives it a special character (his walks through our peninsula), it shows the keys to his work and thought: his images tightly bound to landscape, his constant vision of the remaining path, his descriptive and brief texts which acquire a poetic sense, the presence of symbolic elements…
In order to realise the project, the British artist visited Extremadura from January 12th to February 1st, 2008. In this period he visited regional places such as Jerez de los Caballeros, Alburquerque, Guadalupe, Trujillo, Madroñera, Garciaz, Cañamero and Jaraíz de la Vera, Guadiana river. This was documented in the publication Río Luna Río [River Moon River]: A circular, 21-day walk around Extremadura, from and to Gaudiana River in Badajoz via Guadalupe, barefoot, counting forty-nine steps on a stone road, during January’s full mooned night, Spain eighth year of the twenty-first century. “Highlighting nature,” says Hamish Fulton “is nowadays a political act of capital importance.” As a student during the sixties of the prestigious St. Martins School of Art in London, where he met artists like Richard Long, the aim of making art upon the experience of walking has been defining and building itself in Fulton’s work since the beginning of the seventies, generating a variant of conceptual art concentrated in landscape and paving the way to one of the most innovating currents in art of the late 20th century. This “walking artist”, as he defines himself, has walked more than 24 countries and thousands of miles. His work, exhibited and gathered in some of the most important museums in the world, is a memory and a witness of a privileged relation with nature.