In The Red is performance project that began in 2008 by Jelili Atiku, Nigerian performance artist. The project portrays the consequential effects of the realities - a psychological speculation of actions and reactions of war and violence. With symbolic contents, it makes a metaphorical statement of the human impulses behind these ugly natures.
In The Red adopts and uses shroud (burial sheet), red (colour) and historical contents of war as materials that symbolize death, life, suffering, danger and violence. The project beliefs that by making a metaphorical statement and symbolize the calamitous events in our world; and by question, picture, express outrage in face of sufferings; it would be clearer that humanity in our modern hither and thither in destruction and extinction. Therefore, using and wrap-human body with linen red cloth and white in these performances is mnemonic of victims of violence, dispute, crisis and war in our world.
Jelili uses video and photography as documentation of his statements, views and ideas in the project. He has so far created Sixteen performances in the body of work of this project. These include:
In The Red Project focus on the projection of a thought that we need as human beings to re-evaluate and expand our understanding of our experiences, especially those that came upon us as a result of our violence tendencies. By doing so, our lives can renew themselves, at this point of time, when we are facing the incarnated forms of our creations – appearing in cloths of financial meltdown, food crisis, climate change, etc.