Jelili Atiku was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1968.
Atiku is a pioneer of contemporary performance art in Nigeria. Through drawing, installation sculpture, photography, video, and live art performance, Atiku puts art at the service of the prevailing concerns of our times such as violence, war, poverty, corruption, and climate change. Atiku participated in the 57° Edition of the Venice Biennale, and his works have been exhibited at SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin, Marrakech Biennial, and Parc de la Villette in Paris, among others.
Titled Festival of the Earth, Atiku’s Manifesta 12 project is a processional performance that takes inspiration from the traditional Santa Rosalia city processions and the Yoruba legends. The performance will combine ritual processions with the presence of plants and sculptural objects.