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Tribe and Tribulation
Tribe and Tribulation
Tribe and Tribulation

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

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'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

London

Title

Tribe and Tribulation

Date

2022

Medium

mixed media

Measurements

H 550 x W 140 x D 140 cm

Accession number

S023

Acquisition method

commissioned by The Line

Work type

Sculpture

Owner

The Line

Custodian

The Line

Access

at all times

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London, England

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