To everything on earth there is a phase; to be conceive or to be born, to be planted or to germinate, to be born or to die. Taiwo Aiyedogbon’s focus on issues of human discipline which is vital in everyday living can be vividly observed in the September 16th, 2017, performance art titled “Ipélé” which means phases as part of The Root; an exhibition of contemporary art held at the National Museum Lagos, Nigeria.
The performance examine the minority’s control of the society system against the majority aspirations and cries. This metaphorical performance dramatically expose the effects of a corrupt system on an entity whose power and energy is limited by visually portraying the current phase of Nigerian system in general, politically, economic and the citizens efforts in the nation development. The act of wearing a white clothe which is translated as purity in to the clay pit (corrupt system which history and root is as old as earth itself as represented in the clay solution) even though the individual tried hard to shift and modify the already laid down system.
Ipélé questioned the citizens role in nation building specially in a country like Nigeria where hate speeches is now a common features across the country. Aiyedogbon performance called for the joint efforts of all if the current system that is not favorable to the citizens need to be change as seen in this performance where a single individual effort is sent to the corrupt system against everybody’s efforts in ensuring that the system.
The Ipélé performance further builds on Aiyedogbon’s previous performances as a contemporary artist who questions societal ills as seen in African Time restaurant which was performed in 2016.