THE ALTERSEA OPERA by artist Lap-See Lam. Presented in the Nordic Countries Pavilion at the 60th Venice Biennale.
Architect Sverre Fehn’s Nordic Pavilion encourages ambitious installations. The building features three towering Mediterranean hackberry trees growing through the roof; broad glass sliding panels across two of its sides; and thin concrete vaults on the ceiling that flood the space with natural light.

Together with textile artist Kholod Hawash, composer Tze Yeung Ho and curator Asrin Haidari from Moderna Museet, Swedish artist Lap-See Lam created a total work of art in the Nordic Pavilion. An opera of monumental proportion that expands on themes central to her work. The notion of glitches informs the artist's visual language, referencing a "generation loss" both in literal data transfer and idiomatic inheritance of knowledge throughout family generations. At the same time formal elements from traditional Chinese restaurants, become analogous for the experience of the Cantonese diaspora. Lap-See Lam delves into almost magical imaginations of Chinoiserie.

Atelier Saman Amel had the privilege to dress artist Lap-See Lam and curator Asrin Haidari for the inauguration of The Altersea Opera. Lap-See Lam wears a single breasted dinner jacket and vest in a uniquely developed coral shade shantung raw silk with cloth covered buttons and black wool and mohair trousers. Asrin Haidari wears a custom structured double breasted tuxedo in heavy mohair.