eL Seed

Born:
1981
Home Country:
France
Lives and Works:
Paris
Disciplines:
Architecture, Curator, Workshop Leader

eL Seed produces intricate calligraphic compositions and installs them in public spaces, galleries and institutions on every continent. From the streets of Paris and New York, to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and the slums of Cape Town, his contemporary approach aims to bring people, cultures and generations together. In 2017, eL Seed won the UNESCO Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture. He was named a Global Thinker in 2016 by Foreign Policy for his project ‘Perception’ in Cairo. In 2015, the international organisation TED recognised him as one of the year’s ‘TED Fellows’ for advocating peaceful expression and social progress through his work. He has also collaborated with Louis Vuitton on their famous ‘Foulard d’artiste’.

eL Seed was the Tashkeel Artist-in-Residence 2013–2014. As well as running workshops (2011–2015), he has exhibited in ‘Hurouf Al Noor’ (2011), his solo exhibition ‘Declaration’ (2014) and ‘Made in Tashkeel’ (2016).

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