On Friday, the 11th of April, 2014 at the University of Texas, the Yoruba Day Celebration held and the event which was the 9th edition of what has become an annual celebration featured Jelili Atiku as a guest speaker. Atiku, an installation and performance artist, performed and showcased “Nelson Mandela: A Second Burial”. We bring you photos from the performance.
Photo Credit: Hakeem Adewumi
‘Jelili Atiku is a Nigerian multimedia artist with political concerns for human rights and justice. Through drawing, installation sculpture, photography, video and live art performance; he strives to help viewers understand the world and expand their understanding and experiences, so that they can activate and renew their lives and environments. Since 2008, he has been involved in an ongoing performance project, In the Red, which uses red as a symbol of life, suffering, danger and violence. In 2008/2009, his performance video, Victim of Political Assassination was showcased in Video Library section of Rencontres Internationales in Paris, Berlin and Madrid. He also featured in the Geisai #12 Contemporary Art Fair, Tokyo, Japan (2009), 16th Festival International D’Art Video de Casablanca, Morocco (2009), Old News #6, Malmo, Lagos and Copenhagen (2009/2010) and Freedom to Create Prize, Singapore (2009).’ Last year, his work ARAGAMAGO Will Rid This Land of Terrorism, ruffled feathers and got him arrested.
Born on the 27th of September, 1968 in Ejigbo (Lagos), Nigeria, Atiku was trained at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and University of Lagos, both in Nigeria, where he was awarded the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) and Master of Arts (Visual Arts) respectively. He is presently the artistic Director of AFiRIperFOMA – a collective of performance artists in Africa; and Chief Coordinator of Advocate for Human Rights Through Art (AHRA); and the CEO/Chairman of Ateckhu Forms Limited.
He has traveled widely and participated in numerous performances/exhibitions/talks in Lagos (Nigeria), Tokyo (Japan), Gunpo (South Korea), Paris (France), Berlin (Germany), Madrid (Spain); Copenhagen (Denmark), Malmo and Jarna (Sweden); London, Wales, Manchester, Scarborough, York (United Kingdom); Vancouver BC and Victoria BC (Canada), Casablanca (Morocco), Accra (Ghana), Harare (Zimbabwe), Limbe and Yaoundé (Cameroun), Kampala (Uganda), etc.