From Here to Tibet – A conversation between two walking artists. March 2019 – July 2020
AUTHORS: Hamish Fulton & Michael Höpfner
PUBLISHER: Humboldt Books (2022)
PAPERBACK: 192 pages
For more than twenty-five years, the artists Hamish Fulton and Michael Höpfner have shared ideas and reflections on art and walking as an independent artistic practice. Over the course of time, they have exchanged countless emails, letters and postcards from the places they have visited, keeping their dialogue alive even over great distances. In 2015, while working together on a show at the Museo MAN in Nuoro, they had the idea of bringing together their correspondence exploring the thoughts they had exchanged on art, the landscape as well as on the aesthetic and political aspects of walking itself.
As the title suggests, From Here to Tibet revolves around the deep fascination that the two artists have with the territory and culture of the Tibetan people: for both, walking and making art in Tibet turned out to be an experience that would change their lives and which in various ways has influenced their careers, their way of thinking and their artistic production.
For the reader, this conversation winds like a path, and outlines walking as an art form, attempting to couch it within art history, dwelling on its social and political implications right up to the days of the pandemic.