Evangeline: A Modern Tale of Acadia with Mark Marchesi
This project is inspired by HW Longfellow’s epic poem Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie. First published in 1847, the piece tells a tragic story about the expulsion of early French settlers in the mid 1700s from the territory that later became Nova Scotia.
Today, much of the rural Western Shore is again declining in population. The dwindling inhabitants of this land being descendants of the original Acadians allowed to return after 1764. The abandoned properties, vacant ports, and primordial landscapes in my photos represent a new exodus; and are all verses in the modern tale of Acadia.
About the Artist
Mark was born in 1977 in the suburbs of NYC. He received a BFA in Photography from Maine College of Art in 1999. Mark’s images have been shown and published widely throughout the US. Among his solo exhibitions are The Town and the City at Nelson Hancock Gallery in Dumbo, and Slack Water at Space Gallery in Portland, Maine. Notable group exhibitions include Port of Portland: A Ship Shaped History at Maine Maritime Museum, and Unframed First Look at Sean Kelly Gallery. Mark was a winner of Jen Bekman Projects popular photography competition Hey, Hot Shot in 2007, and has been awarded three Maine Arts Commission project grants to support his efforts in Photography. Mark currently lives in South Portland, Maine with his wife and two young daughters.
Funded project of the Maine Humanities Council. The Maine Humanities Council is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.