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Jelili Atiku (Lagos)

02.11. 17:00 – 18:00

Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst

free entrance

Introduction with Kadiatou Diallo at 4:30 pm in English | After the presentation shuttle service to 12AM: AWAKE & LOOKING DOWN in HochX

In English and Yoruba

  • Rollstuhlgerecht

The 21st century is by no means a safe time for children and adolescents: events such as the massacre in the Beslan school in North Ossetia in 2004, the kidnapping of school pupils in northern Nigeria by the terrorist group Boko Haram in 2014 and 2018/2019, the fact that Donald Trump detained thousands of children separate from their parents in the USA, and the harrowing number of cases of sexual abuse in the Catholic church are just a few of the countless examples of this. Jelili Atikus’ performance, ỌLỌ́MỌYỌYỌ is a ritual of apology and atonement for the violence committed against children on a daily basis. The multimedia artist leads the actions, which consist of ritualistic dance, rites and procession, together with two Yoruba priestesses (Olosha) and four other women. In the performance, Jelili embodies Arukori – where he carries a wooden statue representing the spirit of the goddess, Kori. In the West African Yoruba religion, it is she who guards the health, happiness and growth of children. 200 other wooden figures, the Irunmole, represent good spirits who ensure balance and equanimity in nature and the universe. The aim of the complex ritual – the precise sequence of which arises spontaneously out of the situation and the environment – is to draw attention to the precarious situation of children across the world and to make their protection the highest priority.     

#Performance / Ritual  #Community Building  #Postcolonialism  #Politics and History 

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Concept Jelili Atiku Performance Jelili Atiku, Aweni Kudirat Apata, Omolabake Jarinatu Saula, Gabriella Furno, Simona Carniato, Susanna Pruna, Barbara Maria Messner Technical Assistant Muda Alani Sanni 


Born in 1968 in Ejigbo/Nigeria, Jelili Atiku is a Nigerian multimedia artist with political concerns for human rights and justice. His artistic work deals with the psychosocial and emotional effects of the traumatic events such as violence, war, poverty, corruption, climate change. He was trained at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and University of Lagos where he was awarded Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) and Master of Arts (Visual Arts). He is the chief coordinator of Advocate for Human Rights Through Art (AHRA) and artistic director of AFiRIperFOMA – a collective of performance artists in Africa. Jelili has participated in numerous performances/exhibitions/talks in Africa, Asia, Europe and America. He is 2015 Prince Claus Laureate and 2018 artist protection fellow at Brown University, RI, USA.


Kadiatou Diallo is an independent curator, facilitator and cultural practitioner who lives and works between Basel and Cape Town. She is co-director of SPARCK, Space for Pan-African Research, Creation and Knowledge and producer of the podcast, Artists on Africa. Besides her curatorial and collaborative projects, Kadiatou currently works as research associate for the Aesthetics from the Margins project at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Basel and as guest faculty member at the édhéa (école de design et haute école d'art) in Sierre.

Production and realization

Realization in cooperation with Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst and the Goethe Institut