On Saturday, February 18, 2017, during the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) Live Art Festival, Nigerian multimedia artist with political concerns for human rights and justice, Jelili Atiku, performed ‘Let Me Clutch Thee’, which was enacted with Tazme Pillay. The performance held at Company’s Garden and Iziko South African National Gallery (S.A.N.G), Cape Town, South Africa.
According to the the 48 year old Artist “The performance explored the persistence of oil spillage in the African continent, especially in the Niger Delta region, and its unprecedented impact on ecosystem stability, biodiversity and food security.”
Atiku further explains that organic and inorganic materials were employed to bring out the visual realities of the devastating effects of oil exploration and exploitation in the coastal region.
Photo Credit: Maye Zuma
‘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.