From 3 July 2024
eL Seed | Upcoming
eL Seed is an artist whose practice encompasses both painting and sculpture. He has developed a distinctive visual language influenced by calligraphy practices and Urban art, which he uses for outdoor interventions in public spaces, often on an architectural scale. The projects are characterized by intricate layers of color, symbols, and signs that invite the viewer to search for the meaning behind his works. In his murals, he uses the power of language as a medium to forge global connections and evoke ideas of unity and love, celebrating the beauty and uniqueness of the heritage of the countries he encounters on his travels. eL Seed conducts extensive research to better understand the essence of the many communities he encounters and to engage with cultures different from his own, each time drawing inspiration from the wisdom of various local writers, poets, and philosophers.
For Pirelli HangarBicocca, eL Seed will produce a new site-specific intervention on the exterior walls of the Cubo, continuing the ongoing project “Outside the Cube”, dedicated to street art and art forms related to the public space. The artist will make an original intervention, creating a work that reflects the social and political history of the area where Pirelli HangarBicocca is located. By employing the artist’s characteristic abstract and colorful language on a monumental scale, the project aims to convey a message of hope that can be embraced by multiple communities and generations.
eL Seed’s work has been shown in exhibitions and in public spaces around the world, most notably Giza Pyramids (2022); the village of Giranchaur, Nepal (2021); Women’s Pavilion, Expo Dubai (2020); the refugee camp of Ain Al Helweh, Lebanon (2019); Dubai Opera (2018); Biennale de Lyon, DMZ Demilitarized Zone, Korea (2017); the district of Manshiyat Nasr, Cairo (2016); the district of Vidigal, Rio de Janeiro, Institut du monde Arabe, Paris (2014); the district of Philippi, Cape Town (2012).
In 2021, eL Seed was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of the Young Global Leaders for his commitment to drive positive change in the world.
In 2019, he was granted the International Award for Public Art for the project Perception, 2016 in Cairo, and, in 2017, the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture.