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EL SEED: CALLIGRAFFITI IN CAMBRIDGE

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Published on Feb 10, 2018

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Through the beauty of the ancient form of calligraphy blended with elements of classic 'Wildstyle' and contemporary graffiti, Parisian born, Tunisian heritage street artist eL Seed, uses his practice to write messages in Arabic promoting world peace and unity.

In this film Cambridge based art gallery Kettle's Yard, have commissioned eL Seed to create a mural for Arbury Court to celebrate the re-opening of the gallery in February after a two-year building project. The group show (Actions. The image of the world can be different) includes work by thirty-eight artists and seeks to reassert the potential of art as a poetic, social and political force in the world.

‘Bringing people, future generations, together through Arabic calligraphy is what I do. Writing messages is the essence of my artwork. What is funny, actually, is that even Arabic-speaking people really need to focus a lot to decipher what I'm writing. You don't need to know the meaning to feel the piece. I think that Arabic script touches your soul before it reaches your eyes. There is a beauty in it that you don't need to translate.’

Additional Cinematography: Ryd Cook - http://www.youtube.com/user/RydianCook

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