Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture has co-commissioned a mural by Tunisian street artist eL Seed as part of its ongoing project (Dis)placed: Expressions of Identity in Transition. In collaboration with Mural Arts Philadelphia, Al-Bustan will present a series of community events and conversations leading up to the unveiling of the new public artwork in West Philadelphia.
(Dis)placed: Expressions of Identity in Transition is an international collaboration among four artists of Arab heritage who will create new work grappling with notions of displacement. Collaborators include Syrian composer and Pew Fellow Kinan Abou-afach, Lebanese poet Nazem El Sayed, Syrian visual artist Buthayna Ali, and Tunisian visual artist eL Seed. Each artist will be in residence in Philadelphia and will hold public viewings and open rehearsals of works in progress, in an effort to foster close engagement between the artists and the local community.
A full schedule of events is below. All events are free and open to the public.
Meet & Greet with West Philadelphia Neighbors
November 11, 6-8 p.m.
Slought Gallery, 4017 Walnut Street
eL Seed in Conversation with Blogger Conrad Benner
November 12, 3-5 p.m.
Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk
November 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Preston & Market Streets