• "The Way of the Barefoot Lone Pilgrim: The Soul of the USA" (2004) photography Claire Barrett, produced in association with Grizedale Arts

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  • "The Way of the Barefoot Lone Pilgrim: Samurai Story" (2008), production shot, photography Claire Barrett, commissioned by Tatton Park Biennial 2008

    © The Artist

  • "Soul of the Lakes" production shot, 2005, photography Claire Barrett, produced in association with Grizedale Arts.

    © The Artist

David Blandy

The Barefoot Lone Pilgrim

27 April 2009 - 19 July 2009

David Blandy’s work deals with his problematic relationship with popular culture, integrating fantasy adventures with real life in a search for his cultural position in the world. His video performance work The Barefoot Lone Pilgrim documents a journey of discovery. The Pilgrim, is a lone character wearing the orange robes of a Buddhist Shaolin Monk and carrying a portable record player. In his episodic adventure he is searching for ‘soul’, as a hermit in an 18th Century Park in Surrey, on an American road trip, journeying through the Lake District and the city of London.

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Footage of the artist as The Barefoot Lone Pilgrim is edited with appropriated excerpts from films such as Shogun Assassin and Princess Mononoke and television programmes Kung Fu and Monkey. Revealing cultural confusion and questioning myth, custom and symbolism Blandy’s work asks about the construction of identity in a mass-media context.

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