Sunday, 18 June 2017

Art Unlimited 2017 | Sue Williamson - Messages from the Atlantic Passage

Sue Williamson's Messages from the Atlantic Passage is a very impressive and thought-provoking installation based on accumulated records of the history of slavery from the 16th to the 19th century.
Rope fishing nets are suspended from the ceiling above pools and there is water constantly dripping from the bottles down into the pools. Each of the fishing nets is filled with glass bottles that contain traces of earth. Each bottle is hand-engraved with information about a different slave, like the name, country of origin, a ship, a plantation, an owner, a price.
Without even knowing a number the amount of bottles is huge, and while looking at it we all know that this is not even a fraction of the actual number of people affected by slavery which makes the artwork even more oppressing.

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