Vogue - Artist Michèle Lamy’s Boxing Installation Packs A Visual Punch In Venice

The fashion legend and founder of Lamyland returns to Venice Biennale for 2019 with an immersive boxing installation: What Are We Fighting For?

Michèle Lamy is no stranger to the Venice Biennale. In 2015, the mythic polymath, wife and business partner of Rick Owens created Bargenale, a scaffolding-clad barge docked at Certosa, close to the main exhibitions in the Giardini and Arsenale. Over her 50-year career, Lamy has been a designer, producer, performer and restaurateur (not to mention an attorney and cabaret dancer), and the barge proved to be the perfect stage for her myriad talents, holding among other things a floating restaurant, recording studio and installation artwork. It hosted A$AP Rocky and UNKLE frontman James Lavelle, but Lamy herself, instantly recognisable with her gold-flecked teeth and dyed fingertips, remained the star attraction. It was such a hit that she provided a sequel, Bargenale 2, in 2017. This year, however, she returns to the prestigious citywide showcase with an entirely new proposition.

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