Hamish Fulton - Mètre
For several decades now, Hamish Fulton has been developing a practice based on walking from one point to another. A posteriori, he produces images and texts transcribing his singular experience.
His entire project is based on his attitude, on his ethical reasoning toward the world and our mercantile society. For this publication, he walked chiefly in France, ending up in Paris standing before the last of the standard metre bars sculpted at the time of the 1789 French Revolution. And for the first time, the key to one of the works of this internationally recognized artist is not to be found in a landscape summarizing his itinerary but in a symbol of the present crisis of modernity.
This publication consists of two separate works.
The first is a life-size colour photograph of the standard metre bar, with a recounting of all the steps of his French journey in detail.
The second one is in black and white. It works as a synthesis between performance, land art, poetry and photography.
Published in collaboration with Le Néant Éditeur, these two are the first multiple works by the artist in France for 15 years.