Benjamin Sebastian

VSSL co-director & curator, studio artist & exhibited artist

Detail of Sebastian’s work as part of ‘Alicia Radage + Benjamin Sebastian’ at VSSL. 2023

“[Sebastian's] practice might be imagined as a constellation of mirrors; reflecting aspects of the body, times, spaces & relationships they (have) inhabit(ed), or...” 

Benjamin Sebastian (b. Cairns*, Queensland, Australia 1980) is a trans-disciplinary artist-curator based in London, whose practice spans curating, installation, writing, image making, sculpture, moving image, new media and performance.

They received their BA (Hons) Fine Art (1st Class) from the University of Lincoln (UK) and MA Curating Art & Public Programmes from Whitechapel Gallery/London Southbank University. Continued research interests include; Artificial Intelligence, Occult Practices, Queer Ecologies, Decolonialism, Transhumanism and Contemporary Performance & Visual Art.

Their practice might be imagined as a constellation of mirrors; reflecting aspects of the body, times, spaces & relationships they (have) inhabit(ed) - or - as world-making experiments; manifested through processes of bricolage and queerness - navigated by emotive, erotic and esoteric methodologies. Sebastian understands their artistic work as an anarcho-queer technology in the aid of queer, decolonial & transhumanist endeavour - driven by their neuro-divergent and non-binary embodiment.

The Boy Looked At Johnny (Diptych) - 1 of 2 variants

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Dead (from series Dead, Queer, Sex, Fag) 1 of 4 variants

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They are a frequent collaborator of entities, individuals and institutions - as well as a champion of the artist-led sector, having founded both ]performance s p a c e [ and VSSL Studio. Sebastian and their affiliated projects have recieved funding from Arts Council England, British Council, Creative Folkestone, Kent County Council, Inspire Lewisham, Roger De Haan Charitable Trust  as well as various other charities and local authorities - with their artworks held in public and private collections. For sales please contact and/or For commissions and invitations please contact the artist directly.

*The Gimuy Walubara Yidinji and the Yirrganydji peoples are the traditional custodians of Cairns and surrounding district. Gimuy is the traditional place name for the area Cairns City now occupies. Sebastian wishes to pay respect to the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji and Yirrganydji Elders, both past and present, and extend that respect to all Indigenous Australians.  

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