University of Southern Maine alumnus Justin Levesque has been invited to participate in The Arctic Circle 2017; an art and science expedition to the High Arctic, June 10th to June 28th, 2017.
Artist and scientist led, The Arctic Circle is an annual expeditionary residency program. The Arctic Circle brings together international artists of all disciplines, scientists, architects and educators who collectively explore remote and fascinating destinations aboard a sailing vessel.
A 2010 graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Art in photography, Levesque will continue his work documenting the Arctic and exploring its growing connections with the state of Maine after completing a week-plus long journey aboard a container ship in 2015. He will spend more than two weeks aboard a tall ship in the international territory of Svalbard, just 10 degrees from the North Pole.
"I left the container ship residency back in Oct. 2015 feeling incomplete knowing I'd only scratched the surface in the enormous and deeply complicated world of shipping, ships and life at sea," explained Levesque. "There are images in my head I ran out of time to make or only thought to make since I've been home. There are questions I still have to answer."
Levesque continues to work on ICELANDx207, a multimedia project documenting Iceland's recent entry into the Maine waterfront and economy. The core of the project was completed on a nine-day residency from Portland, Maine to Reykjavik, Iceland on the MV Selfoss, operated by Icelandic shipping company Eimskip.
Through photography, Levesque focused on creating portraits of Icelanders in Maine, capturing the activity inside the revitalized International Marine Terminal in Portland, Maine and chronicling his travels on the ship as it made its way to Reykjavík harbor. Levesque's "Green Line" podcast strived to provide residents of Maine and Iceland with unprecedented access aboard the container ship to show just how the two cities, countries, cultures and economies are connected. The final project will be exhibited in conjunction with the 2016 Arctic Council meetings in Portland, Maine Oct. 4-6, 2016.
As for his next expedition, Levesque believes he will find the answers to his remaining questions.
"I am confident it is here, in the High Arctic, I will find the images I need to make," added Levesque.
Click here to learn more about Levesque and ICELANDx207.