In Basho's Footsteps
  • Edinburgh Fringe

A poet (Valcarce) and an artist (Gleizer) hiked 2,000km across Japan's wilderness in the footsteps of Matsuo Basho, the ancient haiku poet. Basho believed that the ideal ground for art was lightness of spirit and oneness with nature, and devoted his life to this ideal. Through contact with local artists, Zen monks, and with nature itself, the two artists came closer to the state of mind and awareness that Basho deemed necessary to make art. This exhibition shows the art inspired by the adventure: painting, poetry, installations, video and performance that echo the spirit of their journey.