Intersect with: Jelili Atiku

On Sunday 18th of September, join us for an in-person gathering at Lewisham Art House with multimedia artist Jelili Atiku, as part of LADA’s Intersect series and the 2022 Deptford X Festival.

For this Intersect gathering, Nigerian Multimedia Artist Jelili Atiku will be in dialogue with Barak adé Soleil, Co-Director of Live Art Development Agency (LADA) and Jareh Das, Deputy Director of Deptford X; offering insights into Live Art practises and culturally resonant work that centres locality and community.

The public will be invited to join this unique in-person gathering at Lewisham Art House. This is a limited capacity event and as such registration will be required. 

This event will be audio recorded.

Jelili Atiku is a Nigerian performance artist with political concerns for human rights and justice. Through drawing, installation, sculpture, photography, video and performance (Live Art), Jelili has put his art at the service of the prevailing concerns of our times. He is presently the Artistic Director of AFiRIperFOMA– a collective of performance artists in Africa; and Chief Coordinator of Advocate for Human Rights Through Art (AHRA). He is 2015 Prince Claus Laureates and was wrongly accused, arrested, detained in prison and trialled on the instance of his performance in public space in 2016. He was artist in residence/assistant professor at the Department of Africana Studies/Brown Arts Initiative in Brown University, Providence, USA in 2018.


Dr Jareh Das is a researcher, writer, independent curator and (occasional) florist who lives and works between West Africa and the UK. Her interests in (global) modern and contemporary art are cross-disciplinary, although her understanding is filtered through the lens of performance art which informs both her academic and curatorial work.

Das’s most recent curated exhibition, ‘Body Vessel Clay: Black Women, Ceramics and Contemporary Art’ at Two Temple Place, London surveys how ceramics have been disrupted, questioned and reimagined by Black women over the last seventy years beginning with seminal Nigerian potter, Ladi Kwali.

In 2018, she was awarded her doctorate in Curating Art and Science: New Methods and Sites of Production and Display offered in partnership with Arts Catalyst and Royal Holloway, the University of London funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). She holds an MA in Curating Contemporary Art/Inspire (Work-Based) from the Royal College of Art (RCA) in partnership with MIMA Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, funded by Art Council England (ACE) and a BA (Hons) in Material Culture, Architecture and Museum Studies from the University of Leeds.

Access Information

All are welcome to join in a relaxed space and a sensory-friendly environment. The Lewisham Art House is wheelchair-accessible. British Sign Language interpretation and audio description will be available, and a small break will occur during the event. Please be aware that microphone amplification will be used. The event will be audio recorded.

We strive to make events accessible in support of d/Deaf and disability communities. Should you have any particular requirements regarding access not listed or have any questions, please email us and we will be happy to offer further support.

About Intersect

Intersect is a series of gatherings, making space for creative communities to share insights into embodied practices that reflect intersectional ways of being. Affirming the ‘liveness’ of the process, each gathering is unique, allowing for the featured participant(s) to co-design how they might imagine what the exchange with those who attend may look like: an embodied dialogue between artists; a sharing of a new experimental work in progress witnessed virtually and/or in-person; or an open forum where key research questions of interest are explored and discussed.


Banner image credit:

Jelili Atiku, Festival of the Earth (Alaraagbo XII) (2018). Processional performance, mixed media installation. Dimensions variable. Exhibition view: The Planetary Garden. Cultivating Coexistence, Manifesta 12, Palermo (16 June–4 November 2018). Courtesy the artist and Manifesta 12. Photo: Francesco Bellina.

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