Le Sino presents eL Seed: Opening

Our identities form the basis of our lives. Who am I? Where do I come from? What and who do I identify with? Without answers to these questions, individuals, families and cultures lose their essence and their meaning. Hence, the exploration of identity is pivotal in my work. Reviving a culture and art which has been both ignored and at times denigrated in the Western hemisphere, the exhibition entitled ‘identity’ depicts the various components of my Arabic and Islamic history which construct my own identity. Touching on the theoretical and the concrete, this exhibition displays both what identity is (religion, culture, history) and how it is portrayed (through craft making and art) by using different mediums and mixing differing artistic styles.

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About elseedart

eL Seed perceives Arabic Calligraphy as a tangible expression of his search for identity. Throughout his work, myriad paths intersect and mirror the multiple sources of inspiration which nourish his art. Emanating from this confusion is an amalgam of harmony and balance. His art is a mixture of street art and Arabic Calligraphy. It is the product of a double marginality, that of an oriental art seeking a voice in the occidental world, and that of street art struggling to legitimize its presence on the contemporary art scene. This duality enables the reconciling of two supposedly opposing worlds and two supposedly clashing cultures. eL Seed no longer tags his name on walls. He has decided to adopt a proverbial tradition in which the name disappears and only the message remains. Therefore, rather than searching for what distinguishes him from others, eL Seed searches for what unites him and others. His art is a link, an arm outstretched, a bridge towards those who are open to his message.
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