Art UK has updated its cookies policy. By using this website you are agreeing to the use of cookies. To find out more read our updated Use of Cookies policy and our updated Privacy policy.

Tribe and Tribulation
Tribe and Tribulation
Tribe and Tribulation

© the artist. Photo credit: Thierry Bal, courtesy The Line

How you can use this image

This image can be used for non-commercial research or private study purposes, and other UK exceptions to copyright permitted to users based in the United Kingdom under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended and revised. Any other type of use will need to be cleared with the rights holder(s).

Review the copyright credit lines that are located underneath the image, as these indicate who manages the copyright (©) within the artwork, and the photographic rights within the image.

The collection that owns the artwork may have more information on their own website about permitted uses and image licensing options.

Review our guidance pages which explain how you can reuse images, how to credit an image and how to find images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons licence available.


Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.

'Tribe and Tribulation' is a totemic sculpture, which stands over five metres tall. The cubes are made of reclaimed wood, including painted timber from Ghanaian fishing boats, integrating Clottey’s interest in our relationship to the ocean, migration and the afterlife of objects. The sculpture includes an embedded sound installation, with recordings from Cape Coast Castle, Elmina Castle, James Fort and a location on the Meridian Line in Tema. The first three sites were former slave forts in the then Gold Coast, with some of the buildings now designated as world heritage sites, honouring the memories of the enslaved captives. The sound installation in Tribe and Tribulation is projected north, south, east and west, inviting the listener to consider how life at these historic sites has changed over the years, with the waters now used by local fishermen.

The Line



Tribe and Tribulation




mixed media


H 550 x W 140 x D 140 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

commissioned by The Line

Work type



The Line


The Line


at all times


This artwork does not have any tags yet. You can help by tagging artworks on Tagger.

The Line

London, England

This venue is open to the public. Not all artworks are on display. If you want to see a particular artwork, please contact the venue.
View venue