El Seed’s Perception

El Seed was born to Tunisian parents in the suburbs of Paris. His work combines historic art of Arabic calligraphy and  the modern art of graffiti. In a recent project “Perception” El Seed questioned the level of judgment and misconception society can unconsciously have upon a community based on their differences.

“In the neighborhood of Manshiyat Nasr in Cairo, the Coptic community of Zaraeeb collects the trash of the city for decades and developed the most efficient and highly profitable recycling system on a global level. Still, the place is perceived as dirty, marginalized and segregated.
To bring light on this community, with my team and the help of the local community, I created an anamorphic piece that covers almost 50 buildings only visible from a certain point of the Moqattam Mountain. The piece of art uses the words of Saint Athanasius of Alexandria, a Coptic Bishop from the 3rd century, that said: ‘Anyone who wants to see the sunlight clearly needs to wipe his eye first.’“*
– El Seed, elseed-art.com

El Seed Zaraeeb

~ By El Seed ~ Photo: elseed-art.com

“The Zaraeeb community welcomed my team and I as we were family. It was one of the most amazing human experience I have ever had. They are generous, honest and strong people. They have been given the name of Zabaleen (the garbage people), but this is not how they call themselves. They don’t live in the garbage but from the garbage; and not their garbage, but the garbage of the whole city. They are the one who clean the city of Cairo.”
– El Seed, elseed-art.com

El Seed Perception

~ By El Seed ~ Photo: scoopnest.com


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  1. Frankie Beane · April 9, 2016

    I can’t imagine how they figure out the exact angle on each building so It was visible from that one spot–computer?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Aneta StreetArtRat · April 10, 2016

      I know right, those are some amazing skills. I am not sure how..probably some good planning beforehand and sticking to the layout.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. edithlevyphotography · April 11, 2016

    That’s amazing!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Emilie Heurtevent · April 13, 2016

    This is how Art gets amazing! Well done 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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