In The Red


Jelili Atiku

Jelili is a renowned Nigerian multimedia and political artist with 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 expanding their understanding and experiences, so that they can activate and renew their lives and environments.


In 2008, Jelili began In the Red (performance/live art project) as a response Since 2009, he has been involved in an on-going performance project, 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),  and International Video Art Festival in Yorkshire, UK: VAF 1: From Africa (2011).


Similarly, his videos, Red Bug was among the videos that were screened in Woodland at the Kurt Schwitters Summer School, Merzbarn Estate, Lake District, UK  (23rd July, 2011); Hail Thy Name was screened in an exhibition, titled  WƆbƆle kutu wƆkpe: Cultures in confluence held at Goethe Institut, Accra, Ghana (11-29, 0ctober, 2011). He also participated in Cinemarche Video Art Festival, Scarborough Indoor Market, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK (22nd October), and 2011 Protest Art International Festival held in Harare, Zimbabwe– where he enacted performance, titled Red Flag in collaboration with Fisani Nkomo(28th October, 2011). He participated in the 1st Arts and Culture Congress where he enacted RED uctio AD AB surdum, Lome, Togo (18th November, 2011); and the SICA Festival where he also enacted Red Carpet at Cotonou, Benin Republic (26th November, 2011). In RAVY 2012/ Bakassi Peninsula' Art Workshop, Jelili enacted Give Us This Day, (in Limbe), Abel’s Feast (The Feast Series #2), (in Yaoundé) and Cain’s Feast (The Feast Series #1), in Cameroun.


In the summer of 2012; Jelili toured Europe where he delivered series of talks and performances at Kulturcentrum, Jarna (Sweden), Tate Modern (London), Tiwani Contemporary (London), Southbank Centre (London), and Manchester Gallery (Manchester).  He also had collaborations with Dr. Graham Martin in Lakes, Scarborough and York (North of England); and TOGYG Artists in Bangor Greadigol, Northern Wales. 


For over decade, Jelili has put his art at service of the prevailing concerns of our times; especially those issues that threatening our collective existence and the sustenance of our universe. Therefore, the contents of these concerns ranging from psychosocial and emotional effects of the traumatic events such violence, war, poverty, corruption, climate change, etc., associated with our warring world dominate his artistic forms.


Born in 27th September, 1968 in Ejigbo (Lagos), Nigeria, Jelili was trained at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and University of Lagos, Nigeria – Where he wa33s awarded Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) and Master of Arts (Visual Arts) respectively. 



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