Photo from the film shoot, a person in a floor-long coat with hood

From Lap-See Lam's working process, film shoot, 2023–2024 Lap-See Lam, Bruno Hibombo as Lo Ting Ahead of the Venice Biennale 2024: From Lap-See Lam's working process, film shoot., 2023–2024 © Lap-See Lam. Photo: Mai Nestor/Moderna Museet. From Lap-See Lam's film shoot with Bruno Hibombo in the role of Lo Ting. Textile artwork by Kholod Hawash

La Biennale di Venezia 2024

The Nordic Countries Pavilion

20.4 – 24.11 2024

Stockholm

The artist Lap-See Lam will turn the Nordic Countries Pavilion at the Venice Biennale into a dragon ship filled with mythological water creatures in search of their roots. By means of a magic sail – a weave made up of stories – the ship’s passengers attempt to find their way back to places in past.

Moderna Museet is leading the work on the 2024 version of the International Art Exhibition in Venice for which Lap-See Lam (Sweden) has been invited to create a “total work of art”. In collaboration with the museum, she has extended the invitation to artist Kholod Hawash (Finland) and composer Tze Yeung Ho (Norway).

They will be presenting The Altersea Opera; an experimental opera, an audio-visual adventure about being in a state of loss and longing, the mutability of myth and connecting through multilingualism.

On entering the pavilion, visitors will experience an imaginary ship shaped like a dragon, inspired by Floating Sea Palace, a site that has been through countless transformations. The once splendid floating restaurant was deserted, looted, and later served as a haunted house at an amusement park in Stockholm.

At the centre of this drama is Lo Ting – half human, half fish. Away from the sea he is desperately longing for his previous life on Fragrant Harbour. Unable to fit in and speak his language, he attempts to tackle the waves on his way across the oceans, sailing through time and space.

During the opening days in Venice, the opera will be performed by an ensemble consisting of singers, musicians, and actors.

Vast ocean beneath a misty sky. A creature of both water and land is praying to the sea goddess Ma-Zhou when he accidentally summons a dragon ship which takes him on a journey beyond time and space.
Lap-See Lam with dragon head
Lap-See Lam with dragon head by Lu Guangzheng for The Altersea Opera Photo: Mattias Lindbäck/Moderna Museet

Photo from the film shoot, a person in a floor-long coat with hood
From Lap-See Lam's working process, film shoot, 2023–2024 Lap-See Lam, Bruno Hibombo as Lo Ting Ahead of the Venice Biennale 2024: From Lap-See Lam's working process, film shoot., 2023–2024 © Lap-See Lam. Photo: Mai Nestor/Moderna Museet. From Lap-See Lam's film shoot with Bruno Hibombo in the role of Lo Ting. Textile artwork by Kholod Hawash


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