Lindsay Lohan Went to the Venice Biennale—Why?

Lindsay Lohan. Photo: Mark Robert Milan

Actress Lindsay Lohan is known far better for her stints in rehab and run-ins with the law than her interest in high culture, but it looks like she may be the latest celebrity to have been bitten by the art bug. Lohan recently posted a photo to Instagram from the Venice Biennale (See Our 27 Favorite Images of Art at The 56th Venice Biennale).

The image she posted to Instagram, which has received over 32,000 likes and hundreds of comments, is of Gerald Machona’s 2012 sculpture Ndiri Afronaut (I am an Afronaut), in the South African pavilion, which addresses notions of being “alien” in South African society following the mass migration of Zimbabweans in the late 1990s and early 2000s, which resulted in xenophobic outbreaks of violence.

“There is a growing need in the post-colony to deconstruct these notions of individual and collective identity,” reads a press release for the show(see Okwui Enwezor’s 56th Venice Biennale Is Morose, Joyless, and Ugly).

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(And anyone who’s a fan of Lohan’s hit film Mean Girls, in which she played a South African school girl who just moved to the US, will get an additional kick out of her choice of exhibition to ‘gram).

Lohan’s followers had some interesting readings of the piece, including that it looked like a “clever way to avoid the paparazzi.” Another wrote that he and a group of art history students were dying to meet her, and begged her to stop by the Arsenale. We’re not exactly sure what Lohan would have to say to a group of art history students, but we’d love to find out.

On May 30, the actress was snapped on the red carpet attending developer Emir Uyar’s Art Biennale Party at the St. Regis. It’s unclear if Lohan saw the Machona sculpture then and didn’t post it until two weeks later or if she loved the Biennale so much she had to go back for seconds.


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