Another installation near where I left off yesterday in the Ottawa Art Gallery had a deeply unsettling effect. To put it into context requires the display panels. For Those Who Chose The Sea is a multimedia work masterminded by Stanley Wany, combining video footage of the Atlantic with a mixed media illustration and a wooden structure. The structure is a reproduction of a section of a slave ship, giving the visitor a sense of how cramped they really were.
As the sign notes before you go in, you can actually move within the cramped quarters of the structure and see for yourself just how confining it is.
The video screen is at the head of the room and gives a sense of what it might have been like on an ocean voyage. How many, knowing they were heading into slavery, might have, given the chance, jumped overboard?
The last shot, seen within, was taken while I was kneeling, the upper decking above me, reinforcing how confining these ships would have been. Three feet of height from lower deck to upper deck. That's it.