Ix207 // 01. Green Line
ICELANDX207 IS A MULTIMEDIA PROJECT + INDEPENDENT ARTIST RESIDENCY THAT EXAMINES MAINE'S EMERGING RELATIONSHIP TO ICELAND + THE NORTH ATLANTIC VIA ICELANDIC SHIPPING COMPANY, EIMSKIP.
BACKGROUND // Icelandic shipping company, Eimskip, moved their North American headquarters to Portland, Maine in 2013 and as a state, Maine has since quietly dipped its toe into colder water; using Iceland to ease our gaze from our navels to the north.
Newly arrived royal blue shipping containers at the International Marine Terminal signify both the growing exchange of goods + services and a hidden cultural + human entanglement that needed to be observed, recorded and shared.
PROJECT // In September 2015, Levesque spent nine days on board the MV Selfoss, an Eimskip container ship traveling from Portland to Iceland, part of their Green Line shipping route.
Using photography and recorded audio, Levesque chronicled life aboard the ship, material culture of shipping and made formal portraits of the all-Icelandic crew. In a nine-episode podcast ICELANDx207: Green Line, Levesque conducts interviews with the crew and shares his day-to-day experiences traveling on the North Atlantic Ocean.
Levesque describes Eimskip’s Green Line as “the invisible thread that connects our two cities, countries, cultures and economies.”
ICELANDx207: Green Line was funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
THIS IS A sample of works. Send an email to view the complete collection.
PORTRAITS: SELFOSS CREW // (2 OF 11)