From 18 April 1986 to 08 June 1986
Curated by Rudi Fuchs
Hamish Fulton (London, UK, 1946), one of the leading exponents of Land Art (together with Richard Long), takes photographs to document his experiences of the places he visits. Fulton’s approach to nature goes far beyond simply admiring a landscape; the physical activity of walking, immersed in the sounds and smells that surround him, leads to a powerful mental and existential experience to which his photographs bear witness.
This exhibition, which brought together some fifty works largely produced between 1975 and 1984, gave visitors to the Castello the chance of broadening their knowledge of an artist who, despite the fact that he is more pragmatic than romantic, is a perfect exemplar of the British landscape tradition. While his photographs may appear to be connected to each other, a closer look reveals their diversity and innate strength, which is all in the detail, be it a face, a snowy landscape, a woodland path, a river bank, or the grain of a tree trunk. In some cases the images, which are always in black and white, are accompanied by words or brief texts that refer to the time, place and distances walked; since the act of walking, which establishes a simple and immediate link between humans and nature, is central to Fulton’s art. [C.O.B.]