A new interactive exhibition will present a ” narrative” for the transatlantic slave trade as the Bristol exhibit aims to empower slave stories
‘CARGO’ is an exhibition that will be driven by poems written by Bristol artist, Lawrence Hoo who wants to stop the city from being “stuck in a rut” over its slave history. Bristol’s status and wealth in the 17th Century came primarily as a result of slave traders such as Edward Colston.
The exhibition will consist of 20ft and 40ft shipping containers arranged in a rectangle and connected to form a continuous loop.
The visuals will be projected onto the inside of the containers, and participants will travel through the each container encouraged to wear headphones playing a recording of Mr Hoo’s poems.
The exhibit will be co-directed by Tom Morris, director of the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic, and will open in 2020.
Mr. Hoo said he wants to provide a historical account of the slave trade alongside the accomplishments that led to “the freedoms many of us share today.”
“Nanny of The Maroons, Mary Seacole, and Marcus Garvey all worked within unimaginable confines, but continued to inspire and empower.”
These historical figures inspired and are included in the exhibition, although Mary Seacole and Marcus Garvey came to prominence after the abolition of slavery in 1833.