Exhibition Permanent

From 3 July 2024

eL Seed | Upcoming

Curated by Cedar Lewisohn

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.

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