Installation view: Anna Boghiguian

Installation view:
Anna Boghiguian
Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Rivoli Torino, 2017
September 19 – January 7, 2018
Photo Renato Ghiazza

Boghiguian’s work was first shown in Catherine David’s Contemporary Arab Representations, beginning in 2003 in Rotterdam. Attracting much attention and acclaim, her drawings also stirred political debate and controversy, especially in her native Egypt. Boghiguian was born in 1946, an Armenian in Cairo, yet never adopted the city as her only home, continuing to have a conflicting relationship with the city today. Living a nomadic life, the artist has constantly moved from city to city across the globe, from Egypt to Canada and India to France. Immersing herself in the sights and sounds of the city, as well as the literature, poetry and politics of its people, the artist nonetheless remained distant, an outsider in a busy metropolis. Her work offers a unique third person yet omniscient view of modern urban communities. Anna Boghiguian’s works are dense compositions. In them are often text, images, collected photographs and other documentary material closely interwoven. The intense colors and her spontaneous and expressive drawings are reminiscent of diary entries. They seem to visualize and record momentary experience and perception in its various facets.


born in Cairo, Egypt 


Selected Solo Exhibitions


Anna Boghiguian, Castello di Rivoli, Rivoli
Woven Winds, INDEX-The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm
Unfinished Conversations: New Work from the Collection, MoMA, New York

A Walk in the Unconscious, Carré d'Art, Nimes, France

Cities by the Rivers, SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, Montreal

Anna Boghiguian, I heard of myths but I understood I have to free myself from it but how, when, and where, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut

Unstructured Diary for an Autobiography, daad gallery, Berlin

A Poet on the Edges of History, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin

A Journey to Cavafy’s Alexandria, Benaki Museum, Athens

Hand in Hand, Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul

Péres, Kasr el Basha and Centre Culturel Français, Gaza, PLE & CCF of Amman

Safar Khan Gallery, Cairo 

Poemata Constantin Cavafy Handpainted books, Cavafy House, Alexandria

drawings and painting on Constantin Cavafy, Espace Karim Francis, Cairo 

from wax images to Indian tales , Mashrabiya Gallery, Cairo

Paradise lost, Dare-Dare, Montreal


Selected Group Exhibitions


The Restless Earth, La Triennale di Milano, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milano

THE UNFAITHFUL REPLICA, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid
SITE Sante Fe, USA

Positions #2, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Venice Biennial, Armenian Pavilion, Venice
Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
Sharjah Biennial, UEA
Gallery 3010, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut
How to (…) things that don’t exist – an exhibition developed out of the 31st São Paulo Biennial, Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal

Tagore's Post Office, nGbK, Berlin
Anna Boghiguian – Taysir Batniji, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut
Here and Elsewhere,
New Museum, New York
Biennial de São Paulo, Brazil
1st International Biennial of Contemporary Art,
Cartagena, Colombia

Anna Boghiguian, INIVA, London
Cross-border. Künstlerinnen der Gegenwart aus dem arabischen Mittelmeerraum, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany  

dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel 

Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah 

11th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul 

In the Middle of the Middle – curated by Catherine David, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut 

Biennale of Thessaloniki with Catherine David, Thessaloniki, Greece 

Contemporary Arab Representation, Rotterdam; Barcelona; Umea, Sweden; Granada, Spain 

Rare books library - a collection of artist books, American University, Cairo 

Cavafy, Gallery Athanor, Marseille

Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto 

Festival des Allumées, Nantes, France 





Les images de ganges par fata morgana, Institute du monde arabe children's books, Paris, France
A series of exhibitions on artist books, France  

Bibliotheque national les manuscript arabe, Paris, France
Rare books library, artist books American University, Cairo, Egypt 

Les Images du Nil, Poem and Watercolour, Fata Morgana, limited edition of 30 books, Montpellier, France 

Constantine P. Cavafy's poems - Fata Morgana, handpainted books. Limited edition 



Works in public collections:


Neue Galerie Kassel, Germany; Institut du monde arabe Paris, France; Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, UAE; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France; Musée Carre d'Art, Nîmes, France.