El Seed – Perception

El Seed

In my new project ‘Perception’ I am questioning 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.’
‘إن أراد أحد أن يبصر نور الشمس، فإن عليه أن يمسح عينيه’

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.

Taken from elseed-art.com

Dan Witz – mosh pit series


DAN WITZ – MOSH PITS, RAVES AND ONE SMALL ORGY – MARCH 24, 2016 – at Jonathan LeVine Gallery – NY

I’m an academic realist painter, but I’m living in the 21st century, so I’m not going to be painting Roman soldiers invading, or some gothic baroque composition…The highest aspiration of an academic realist painter are these big group figure paintings, and I’m using the hardcore scene as my subject.

Taken from vna

Dan Witz

March of the Gods: Botswana Metalheads

The idea of March of the Gods: Botswana Metalheads  was conceived when one day in spring 2011, Raffaele, the director of the project, came across Frank Marshall’s photographs from his project Renegades on Vice Magazine.  Frank’s work presents a considered vision of Botswana’s heavy metal subculture and portrays the unique local metalhead aesthetic which combines elements of British heavy metal of the eighties, cowboy fashion and biker elements creating an interesting anthropological study of a subculture like no other.

Raffaele’s curiosity about the metal scene in Botswana led to an intensive research and a series of attempts to contact various local bands. Two years later, in April 2013, a team of three filmmakers decided it was time to spend their savings in a meaningful experience and landed in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana. The crew chose to focus the documentary on one of the most predominant local bands, Wrust, and it was offered hospitality by its singer, Stux Daemon.

The following weeks were an experience of intense immersion into the local metal brotherhood. The team interviewed several local bands, fans, musicians and people who offered anthropological insights into the subculture and its history. The crew also filmed and experienced the madness of the local metal gigs and spent enough time with the local people to understand the country’s uniqueness through its contemporary culture but also its problems and contradictions.

Upon leaving Botswana, the film crew and the band shared a common vision: Wrust had just got an invitation to play at one of the most respected metal festivals in Italy, SoloMacello, headlined by Red Fang. Although Wrust had opened for famous bands such as Sepultura and Carcass in South Africa before, that was their first chance to take a step outside their continent. SoloMacello would be the opportunity to put Botswana on the world map of metal music for the first time in history – and it did. Thanks to the crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, Wrust managed to cover an important part of their travel expenses and be the first metal band from Botswana ever to play outside Africa.

Wrust are currently performing in a number of African countries as part of their tour March of the Gods  (the film has actually been named after the tour). The film started hitting the festivals in 2014 and has already won the award of Best International Documentary at People’s Film Festival in New York.

Taken from marchofthegods.com/

Short film “OSGEMEOS” by Ben Mor

Um pequeno filme d’OSGEMEOS produzida por Ben Mor. Ben transformou seus registros em imagens surreais em movimento, como se fosse em um sonho. Um filme de 2 minutos, mas que transmite parte da essência do mundo dos irmãos em uma visão tão lúdica quanto o próprio trabalho.

A short film about OSGEMEOS (The Twins) produced by Ben Mor. Ben weaves their work into a surreal moving portrait that feels like a dream. One 2-minute movie, but that transmits part of the essence of the world of the brothers in a vision as playful as the work itself.

By OSGEMEOS Official Channel

Low Bros video footage between 2013 and 2014

The Low Bros is an artist duo, which is made up of brothers Christoph and Florin Schmidt – formerly active as graffiti writers Qbrk and Nerd. Their work most often centers around stylized animal characters with human features, and addresses graffiti, hip hop, skateboarding and other elements which influenced and shaped the artists’ youth in the 1980s and 1990s.  Taken from lowbros.de/about-above/

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Murals for o.bra festival 2015, São Paulo, Brasil

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In order to strengthen the perception of public art in Brazil, O.bra honored the history of Sao Paulo street art, inviting the pioneers of this movement who have inspired a complete new generation of artists. For this mural, Jaz and Conor Harrington chose the subject of social confrontation, community revivals and the cultural awaking in the public sphere.

Text by Jaxtapoz Magazine
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SILK ROAD by Eileen Ormsby

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It was the ‘eBay of drugs’, a billion dollar empire. Behind it was the FBI’s Most Wanted Man, a mysterious crime czar dubbed ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’. SILK ROAD lay at the heart of the ‘Dark Web’ – a parallel internet of porn, guns, assassins and drugs. Lots of drugs. With the click of a button LSD, heroin, meth, coke, any illegal drug imaginable, would wing its way by regular post from any dealer to any user in the world. How was this online drug cartel even possible? And who was the mastermind all its low roads led to? This is the incredible true story of Silk Road’s rise and fall, told with unparalleled insight into the main players – including alleged founder and kingpin Dread Pirate Roberts himself – by lawyer and investigative journalist Eileen Ormsby. A stunning crime story with a truth that explodes off the page.

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