David Sebastian Lopez Restrepo
David Sebastian is a regular collaborator on Live Art Danmark’s VR Archive of Performance Art and many other projects.
David Sebastian was one of the international artists contributing to our event COLAB Copenhagen. In his performances, everyday objects like coal or paper boats, but in particular food stuffs like potatos, originally indigenous to South America, and many others, become symbols of the multiple plights of people who live far away from their home and culture.
See excerpts of the four performances and the artist talk he gave on this occassion in the video below. The titles and starting points of the videos are:
00:11 Hot Potato, 07:16 Walking Coal, 13:04 Tusind Tak, 27:48 The American Gold, 36:40 Artist Talk.
Whirl Pool Performance
When we opened our project space Friisland in August 2021 with the first edition of our new performance series “One Night Stand”, David Sebastian contributed a social interactive performance, inviting guests of the opening to shed their clothes and join him in a mobile hot tub he had organised and placed in the Nordhavn parking lot right outside Friisland. All night long, performance artists and friends joined himm in the hot water for a lvely chat and glasses of champagne.
About the Artist
Originally from Colombia, David Sebastian started his career as an artist after his bachelor in Fine and Visual Arts at the Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia (U.P.T.C.). His production as a performance artist started twelve years ago, after leaving his home country, which is why he considers himself a deterritorialized artist. His identity and work play with the role of a person in constant movement and construction.
David Sebastian often uses food as a material in his performances, prioritizing the interactions involved in the process of cooking and sharing food. In his practice, he aims to create, develop and strengthen the link between performance art, society and other disciplines of art, to generate a dynamic dialogue between art and society, dealing with topics such as migration politics, collective and individual memory, identity, culture, violence and wellness of society.
An extensive archive of David Sebastian’s work can be found on his website.