“I am an artist with a humanist intention,” said eL Seed, as he opened his TED talk in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Choking back tears, he explained how he had selected Manshiyat Nasr, a community of rubbish collectors who live in a closed district in central Cairo, because they were poor and neglected. He said he wanted to “shine light on the neighbourhood”. He concludes the presentation with a personal revelation. “It was not about beautifying a place; it was about switching perception and opening a dialogue with communities that we don’t know. We need to question our level of judgement and misconceptions we have of societies based on their differences.” This mural is painted across around 50 buildings in Cairo [Courtesy: eL Seed studio] Born and raised in Paris to Tunisian parents, eL Seed has been working on public art projects around the world for the past decade. His art uses the Arabic script, which he has modernised into a form of calligraphy that loops and swirls almost to the point of illegibility, but that is captivating to all that view it, regardless of their level of comprehension. Building bridges with art Since the start of his career, eL Seed… Read full this story
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