Sebastian Hägelstam

Disciplin: Keramik och Glas
Stipendieår: 2020

Nominerande institution: Konstfack

Matt Smith, professor och Agneta Linton, prorektor/adjungerad professor.

Stipendiestiftelse: Jubelfonden



Sebbe’s work takes Tiki bar culture as its starting point. He creates immersive bar experiences, making room installations, drinking vessels and cocktails. Through exploring Tiki Culture and it’s desire to exoticise and mistranslate cultures from the South Pacific, Sebbe explores the difficulties of cultural appropriation and the unequal hierarchies of colonialism. He has examined these problematic subjects with the thorough thoughtfulness required and moved the lens from exploring ‘the other’ to cast a cynical gaze at Western misconceptions of other cultures. At times uncomfortable, and at others hilariously humorous, this work is elevated by the skill and professionalism of his making and writing. Sebbe has consistently shown his desire to dig deep into the subject and consider how to negotiate this difficult landscape with care.