Perception by eL Seed

Post by Mark


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.’

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.

Has to be my favorite work of his to date. You can check out some behind the scenes making of photos on his instagram account [Here]

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Post by aminfari


I was introduced to this artist through a phone call last year in the fall. A friend of mine said that he was a young Kuwaiti studying in Berklee College of Music in Boston and I should speak to him. I picked up the phone, made the call and just talked music. He knew his stuff but he had a hard time explaining his style of music to me.

He was saying I am using Arab singing with poetry yet kinda singer songwriter. Honestly It seemed vague at that time but as it is hard to describe a painting to someone it is also hard to describe songs. Today I have something that clarifies what I was feeling and what he was saying.

When I listen to this track it has a new age hint but not yoga class new age more like mountain retreat new age haha. It has the stuff that you would want to hear at the end of intense movies that root in the middle east, movies like Syriana and Babel.

This track is written by Yousif Yaseen and produced and mixed by Jacopo Penzo

The picture is of Yousif, if you are wondering.

How I recommend listening to this?

In the morning, with a cup jasmine green tea not over steeped slightly warm.

Do not listen to this in traffic, it might make you cry existentially.

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Posted by Amin Fari

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