Takin’It to the Streets – Chicago, June 19th 2010

This summer, the city of Chicago hosted ‘Takin’ it to the Streets’; a large international Muslim festival packed with renowned musicians, singers, street artists and the like. I was invited to paint a mural, along with several other graffiti artists.

The experience was monumental – so much talent crammed into one weekend extravaganza! I met many artists from different walks of life and really fed off their enthusiasm and energy.

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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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