|Jean-Sébastien Lallemand aka Seba Lallemand Artist, image maker – Born in 1973 at Saint Martin d’Hères, France. Seba Lallemand was born in Saint-Martin-d’Hères / France. He spent his childhood in West Africa (Gabon and Ivory Coast). After his art school studies (at ESAD / Orléans), in 1998, he joined Fabrica (Italy) directed by Oliviero Toscani where worked on visual projects and was the author of a short film “Afterwords”, which was presented at the Venice, Rotterdam, Paris, Croatia and Rome film festivals. Upon his return to Paris, he worked as a video director on the Gotan Project French Music Award 2002 and also as a freelance designer.
In 2003, he set up “Eyesmile” an advertising and communication company in Hong Kong. In 2007, he worked as a cinematographer for Wang Bing (Brutality Factory), and as a cinematographer for Ai Weiwei’s Fairy Tale project in the Kassel Documenta international exhibition (Germany).Since 2009, he is based in Trôo, a troglodyte village in France… From there, he decided to distance himself with the digital communication…
“On a sheet of paper, I’m drawing with a Bic and Tipp-Ex… On a sheet of paper or a canvas, I’m drawing painting with ink bubbles… Sometimes I add oil paints or pigments… I’m IN PROGRESS… Currently, I’m painting with oil colors… When I’m not in the workshop, I’m taking pictures…”
“Jean-Sébastien Lallemand: the fortune of the misfortune of being creative, of being a true artist.” by Oliviero Toscani
The true creative, the true artist, has everything against himself, all trends, all snobbism, he is beyond all fashions, he is simply creative. Not everybody can allow himself to be an artist; it takes courage in assuming all the happy unhappiness, of a destiny dedicated to art and to creativity.
Because creativity is genesis, birth, divine force, energy, fantasy, suffering, dedication, faith, generosity. Creativity needs energy and courage but lives in total insecurity.
You cannot be creative and be secure. Jean-Sébastien Lallemand is in his way, the most interesting artist I met in Fabrica while I was director. Always propositive, independent from technology, he always managed to surprise, with his creative proposals, with a vision that comes from an uncomfortable angle.
Seba is a true artist, with the cursed fortune of having the misfortune of being creative, meaning: damned, unhappy, alone, visionary, insecure, misunderstood, diabolic, suffering, genius, subversive, generous.