The Exhibition: Collection of Moments
An exhibition by eL Seed Rather than a retrospective, this exhibition is an exploration into new endeavors whilst simultaneously reflecting on the past decade. Collection of Moments revisits the highlights of eL Seed’s international public art murals from the past 11years of his career, taking the humanitarian messages that he selects based on meticulous research of the communities within which he paints and recreating them on canvases.
When seen together, this collection allows the viewer to cast an eye over the artist’s impactful career to date as well as appreciating the extent of his influence. Collection of Moments includes the artist’s most ambitious project, when he painted a mural over50facades in an insular suburb in Cairo as well as his more spontaneous artworks such as the one in the favelas of Rio De Janeiro, when eL Seed painted upon the roof of an art school before he knew what the building was as well as a piece he did in Mykonos on honeymoon with his wife.
It brings in works that have had political significance including the message of unity that was originally spelled out upon 43 aluminum panels on the metal fence in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between Northland South Korea as well as his most well-known works; most notably the mural painted upon the minaret of the mosque in the Tunisian town of Gabes, where his extended family lives.
eL Seed is a global artist who also manages to have individual significance to all who encounter his work. Whilst referencing broad messages of peace and love, he also commits himself to the communities within which he works meaning that his audience feels connected to his art even if they cannot decipher the Arabic script. As an Arab and a European, eL Seed straddles the bridge between two cultures and has an innate ability to relate to many different nationalities. This makes his art both universally significant and specifically relevant; making it touch the heart of everyone it reaches
eL Seed’s intricate calligraphic compositions are a reaction to the reality of mankind and the world we live in. At the age of 16, eL Seed chose his pseudonym while he was studying one of Corneille’s plays in his literature class. Like Corneille’s “The Cid”, eL Seed, “lives in service of art and hopes to foster peace, without prejudice for anyone he meets, driven only by art and by a message.” In 2017, he won the UNESCO Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture. He was named a Global Thinker in 2016 by Foreign Policy for his project ‘Perception” in Cairo. In 2015, the international organization TED recognized him as a “TED Fellow” for advocating peaceful expression and social progress through his work.