Jelili Atiku

Gbangbayahu An Intervention with Human Dignities



Jelili Atiku presents documentation of performance works in Nigeria, touching on Beuysian ideas of social sculpture, discussing how political action and performance can remould society, and talks about the influence of Egungun (commonly mislabelled as Masquerade) on his public interventions and action.

+++=+ (In The Red series #14) is a collaborative intervention that engages the audience in a narrative about human destruction. Wrapped in red cloth, Nigerian artist Jelili Atiku will wash the audience’s feet with red water and wipe them with red cloth. The intervention is part of Atiku’s ongoing project In The Red, which began in 2009. He uses the colour red as a symbol of suffering, danger and violence.