Bolatito (Tito) Aderemi-Ibitola is a Lagos-based transdisciplinary artist working primarily in performance and video. Her work focusses on the intersections of race, gender, and ethnicity. Born in Nigeria, Tito emigrated with her family to the United States when she was seven years old. She graduated from Allegheny College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication: TV/Film Production and a minor in Political Science. She completed her Master’s degree in Performance Studies at NYU: Tisch School of the Performing Arts.
Aderemi-Ibitola’s work is a marriage of different artistic traditions and practices. She has a demonstrated history of working with underprivileged groups and contemporary socio-political issues. In her theatrical work, she focusses on the practices of devised and collaborative theatre, where traditional hierarchies of creative production are upended in favour of a more democratic style, with a strong anchorage in the philosophy of the Theatre of Development and informal citizenship. She believes in using all aspects of theatre, including the development of a show, as a form of activism. She often works with those who are alien to the art world, and finds devised theatre making to be empowering tool for citizens.
She claims that her work does not become without the insertion of a viewer or participant: she is always in collaboration with the audience, which inevitably puts her work in an unpredictable state of flux. Her art explores explores and presents the notion of tangential possibilities, where each action, on the part of the viewer, and the subsequent reaction reflected in visual output of the work takes the work to an unexpected place. The myriad of possibilities at any given moment and the self animating aspect of community space moved Tito to work with collage and moving images.
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