Wednesday 21 Jan, 2015
Venue: Bank Street, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Maraya brought the striking calligraffiti of acclaimed French-Tunisian street artist eL Seed to the city of Sharjah in a compelling live outdoor street art initiative, Jedariya. The project, which aims to beautify Sharjah's streets while involving Sharjah's diverse youth population with the arts, consists of an elaborate painted calligraphy-styled mural on the walls of the Sharjah Bank Street building by eL Seed.
eL Seed is famous for his unique style of calligraphy - fusing elements of both the graffiti and Arabic calligraphic traditions - which uses complex design to call not only on the words and their meaning, but also on their movement and flow, luring the viewer into an alternate frame of mind.
Maraya Art Centre intends for all projects led under this initiative to have a community incentive, which sometimes can be as simple as merely getting young people involved in the arts, while at other times may require them to actively participate in aid of raising awareness for an important cause.