Towing The Green Line
by Benjamin Spalding
Vol. 1, No. 5
"Driven by a love for photography and sparked by a musical crush on Björk, Justin Levesque’s ICELANDx207 uses film and audio to address the similarities between Iceland and Maine as well as what it means to exist in a liminal transitory state as experienced through international shipping lanes.
Through a Maine Arts Commission grant, Levesque was allowed to accompany an Eimskip commercial vessel on the Green Line, a shipping route from Portland, Maine, to Reykjavik, Iceland, where he photographed the crew and created a daily podcast from collected audio and interviews.
ICELANDx207 has proliferated into a rich multimedia project examining a wide range of topics from the economic impact of Eimskip shipping in Portland to how both locales are able to negotiate contemporary cultural aesthetics beyond the trappings of novelty and visual lineage."