Lap See LamArtist Lap-See Lam challenges notions of identity and belonging with provocative installations.

Lap See LamArtist Lap-See Lam challenges notions of identity and belonging with provocative installations.

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Sweden’s Chinese restaurants are a recurring theme in your work. Why are they such a compelling subject?
My parents and grandmother owned a restaurant in Stockholm called Bamboo Garden until about three years ago. I’ve always had contradictory feelings towards it. Chinese restaurants are a global phenomenon in the way that they’re packaged, they way they sell products, and their demographic style. Swedish-Chinese food is different from American Chinese food, for example. But my family worked there for 30 years, so my feelings towards the restaurant were a starting point. I began to think of it as material to work with.

What was the contradiction?
My siblings and I learned that the restaurant is a place to be proud of. We were always taught that it creates opportunities for my gene...

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