2021 | Film about resident Jelili Atiku and his performance in Bellamyplein Amsterdam

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Performance artist Jelili Atiku performs Mokóó Morò in the streets of Amsterdam, 2021.

This is a short documentary giving insight into the practice of Nigerian performance artist Jelili Atiku. Yorùbá indigenous practices are central to Atiku's work, as a counterpoint to colonialism and western modernities disconnect from nature. Using the body as material, he makes a case for 'authenticity' as a starting point for meaningful engagement between self and other. Atiku was artist in residence at the Thami Mnyele Foundation, Amsterdam.

This film was made by Juul van der Laan for ZAM magazine and Afrovibes festival 2021, where it was screened at De Balie during the event "How We Made It: African Artists Centre Stage".

Thami Mnyele Foundation promotes the exchange of art and culture between Africa and the Netherlands.