1 / 5       Coordinate n.5, 76°49'N 90°35'E - 14/07/2012 - 03:30 UTC. © Davide Monteleone/Courtesy of ILEX Gallery, Rome.
2 / 5       Coordinate n.2, 70°50'N 50°33'E - 11/07/2012 - 18:12 UTC. © Davide Monteleone/Courtesy of ILEX Gallery, Rome.
3 / 5       Coordinate n.9, 71°18'N 164°13'E - 19/07/2012 - 13:15 UTC. © Davide Monteleone/Courtesy of ILEX Gallery, Rome.
4 / 5       Coordinate n.8, 38°40'N 118°54'E - 04/08/2012 - 11:48 UTC. © Davide Monteleone/Courtesy of ILEX Gallery, Rome.
5 / 5       Coordinate n.1, 41°35'N 141°40'E – 31/07/2012 - 00:21 UTC. © Davide Monteleone/Courtesy of ILEX Gallery, Rome.

Arctic Coordinates

Arctic Coordinates is a Davide Monteleone's photo project made «during a thirty-five day journey on the Nordic Odyssey cargo ship, which transported, in the summer of 2012, 70,000 tons of iron ore from the Russian port of Murmansk to China across the Arctic. It was the first time ever – writes Anna Arutiunova – that a cargo boat sailed the Northern Sea, an alternative transportation route made available with the onset of global warming. The ship, led by an icebreaker, waded through the ice of the Arctic waters, crossed the foggy Bering Strait and continued along the far-eastern parts of Russia, passing by Japan before arriving to a newly built port on the shores of China. The voyage soon turned routine, flattening the sense of time and space, negating any excitement of being somewhere unique. The boredom, the slow passing of time, the impossibility to escape, is daily life for the sailors who undertake this journey to earn their livelihood. The romanticized image of the Arctic – of exotic travel, of brave seamen – fades to the harsh reality faced by the men who spend months away from their families, overwhelmed by the utter feeling of time laid waste. Like Odysseus, their only wish is to return home».
Arctic Coordinates will be on display at ILEX Gallery in Rome from November 27th, 2015 to February 15th, 2016. The exhibition, curated by Anna Arutiunova, will be inaugurated on Thursday, November 26th 2015, at 7 pm.

Arctic Coordinates
ILEX Gallery @ 10b Photography Gallery, via San Lorenzo da Brinidisi, 10b - Rome (Italy)
27 November 2015 – 15 February 2016

opening times: Monday and Friday, 9 am - 1 pm | Tuesday and Thursday, 1 pm – 5 pm | closed on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
admission fee: free
info: ilexphoto.com | www.10bphotography.com


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