Visual arts professor to share stories and photos from her Arctic Circle residency journey

By Costa Maragos Posted: October 25, 2017 6:00 a.m.

The Fridtjovbreen glacier is located about 1,100 kilometres north of the northern tip of Norway and about about 2,000 kilometres from the North Pole.
The Fridtjovbreen glacier is located about 1,100 kilometres north of the northern tip of Norway and about about 2,000 kilometres from the North Pole. Photo by Dr. Risa Horowitz

Dr. Risa Horowitz, Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts, will present a lecture about her expedition to the Arctic on Friday, October 27th at 3:30 p.m. (ED113) as part of the Presentation Series hosted by the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance.

In June 2017, Horowitz took part in a three-week arts and science residency aboard the tall ship Antigua, which we featured in June 2017.

Horowitz and 29 artists and scientists, along with guides and crew, sailed around the west coast of Svalbard, an Arctic archipelago north of Norway.

“I set out to track the midnight sun but was foiled – it was mostly cloudy, and so my plans could not matter—only the lines, the boundaries, the edges, the land, the ice, the sea, the atmosphere, and the companionship,” says Horowitz.

“We sailed around landing each day within one fjord after another. We moored to an ice floe that floated us around overnight. We scurried up and down snowy moraines, across rocky beaches, and very carefully through fields of arctic fauna. We grappled with our complicity. And we gave gentle leave to one another and ourselves throughout such a life-changing experience,” she says.

Arctic Circle
I set out to track the sun - Tracking the sun from four directions over a 24-hour period June
18 – 19, 2017. Photos by Dr. Risa Horowitz.

Horowitz will focus her presentation on several themes, including life on the ship and the richness of the artist-residency experience; the challenges presented by confronting one’s own complicity in global warming through eco-tourism; problematic histories of the romantic sublime and colonial exploitation within landscape and expeditionary photography; and her failed attempt to track the 24-hour sun during the most foggy and overcast month of the year around Svalbard.

Horowitz just opened her solo exhibition of works arising from her arctic residency at the Art Gallery of Regina, entitled infrontofamidbefore (the combination and assembly of all these possibilities).

The exhibition runs until November 27, with an opening reception on Wednesday, October 25 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Horowitz gratefully acknowledges the support of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and the Canada Council for the Arts.
 
MAP Presentation Series

Event:    Expedition to the Arctic
Date:      Friday, October 27, 2017
Time:      3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Education Building of the main campus - room 113