Respect our Elders

Too often in modern times, elders of a community are not looked upon with admiration and love, but rather with impatience and disdain. Too many youth forget about the abundance of rich knowledge stored in their grandmothers and grandfathers. We forget that these older generations hold the keys to unlocking the mysteries of the past and the wisdom to build the future.

The mural ‘Respect your elders’ seeks to bring attention to the dangerous gap we have created between generations, and endeavors to instill the admiration and respect that our grandparents deserve. Arabesques and calligraphy refer to the artistic traditions from which we came as a culture, which would not have existed without our ancestors. Graffiti reflects the art of the youth; a new medium painting the patterns and arts of the past. ‘Respect Your Elders’ is a call to break the modern myth that being old means being frail and useless and instead that being old means being a vessel of wisdom and grace; worthy of gratitude and praise for bringing us to life.

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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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