What is Moghoul™? Depends on who’s asking. Moghoul™ is art, so it will represent something different to everyone.
I’m quite comfortable not knowing what Moghoul™ is or what it will become. In many ways, Moghoul™ is about being ok with uncertainty and contradiction, both in the world and in our lives. About recognizing the sacred in the profane, and the profane in the sacred. About avoiding the self-defining prisons that constantly lure us in.
The term Moghoul™ itself is a mashup of two English words of Arabic origin: mogul a successful and influential leader of industry, and ghoul a malevolent being who feasts on human flesh. Throughout our lives, within us and in others, we all feed heroes and monsters. Often simultaneously and from the same spoon.
In times of extreme polarization, Moghoul™ strives to avoid absolutes, and to promote the beauty born from nuance and ambiguity. It celebrates both the sublime and the absurd. It asks more questions than it answers. It rejects everything in order to embrace it all.
Moghoul™ is ethereal musings stamped on ephemeral objects. A commercial venture eager to escape commercialism. Moghoul™ is authentically deceitful and deceitfully authentic. Moghoul™ is a contradiction.
Billions of years after escaping the belly of a star, a bunch of atoms gathered in Mexico City. My parents registered the cluster as Sergio Toporek Behar. Even though I failed to retain any of my original atoms, I’ve been told I’m still this Sergio guy, yet some people call me Flaco, Guacho, Siso, Giggio, Carnalito, Topil and Skinnybutt. Most friends call me Topo, so please do.
Always busy swapping atoms, I’ve still found time to design dozens of album covers, teach design for 16 years, direct a documentary, cook some prawns, and write all this nonsense.
My latest venture is a curated collective of artists, all of which produce original work under the broad umbrella of Moghoul.
At its core, Moghoul is a process. An excuse to connect with friends, old and new. An opportunity to collaborate with other artists, and to create a viable and rewarding experience for everyone involved.
Beyond all considerations, there is one major reason why we collaborate with artists: we love their work! From technique to style to concept, every artist we work with brings something unique and interesting to the table.