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Sébastien Lambeaux
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Sébastien Lambeaux

Sébastien Lambeaux (b. 1975, France) lives and works in Paris. He is primarily self-taught but also did scientific research on sustainable development. In his performances Lambeaux practices shamanic rituals wearing self-made shaman costumes. Entering a trance lasting a few minutes to several hours, he dances and manipulates fetishes with incantatory actions. Close to witchcraft in the African sense, Lambeaux defines himself as a shaman, a wizard caster, a marabout, or a voodoo priest. As part of a fetish practice related to the world of football, he creates his costumes and tools from materials of sports equipment ̶ sewing them together, covered with mud, he adds various animal’s trophies. These fetishes are pretexts to establish new rituals, by repeating strong symbolic potential actions. Feeling close to nature, Lambeaux spends a lot of time in natural environments such as woods, marshes and caves, where he performs ceremonies. Recently Lambeaux’s work and performances have been presented in venues such as Galerie Mondapart, Boulogne-Billancourt (2013); Galerie Talmart (2012), Galerie Favardin-Mistre (2011-2012), l’Eagle (2011), Salon Nofound_Photofair (2011), La Place Forte (2010), and Le Klub (2010), Paris; and 16th Biennale of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Châteauroux (2011).