Some encounters impact you forever. I met Bibi Zahra in Lesvos refugee camp, but the energy of this day has fueled me. She is a 75 years old …..
eL Seed as a contemporary artist whose practice crosses the discipline of painting and sculpture. He uses wisdom of writers, poet, and philosophers from around the world to convey messages of peace and to underline the commonalities of human existence
eL Seed uses his art as an echo of the stories of the communities that he meets around the world and aims to amplify their voices.
He finds his artwork being a way of building a link between peoples around the world. Whenever he works within a community, he spends a long time to learn and be inspired by them researching to find the best art installation to summarize the voice of the community he is working within and to underline his key principals of love, respect, and tolerance.
His work has been shown in exhibitions and in public places all over the world including most notably on the facade of “l’institut du monde Arabe” in Paris, in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, on the DMZ between North and South Korea, in the slums of Cape Town and in the heart of Cairo’s garbage collectors neighborhood….
eL Seed works in the public sphere. His work is not signed and he doesn’t claim ownership upon them. He works for the people and most of the time, with the people. This idea of democratising art extends to his studio space. He works from a warehouse in Alserkal Avenue in Dubai where the door is always open. He wants people to be able to visit him at any time and witness the way he works. The studio space is a reflection of what he does in public.
In 2012, when eL Seed painted the minaret of Jara Mosque in his hometown of Gabes, in the south of Tunisia, he never thought that an art piece would bring so much attention to his city
Initially, he was just looking for a wall in his hometown, and it happened that the minaret was built in 1994. And for 18 years, those 57 meters of concrete stayed grey. When he met the Imam of the Mosque for the first time, and he told him what he wanted to do, the Imam responded, “Thank God you finally came,”.