A Walk in the Unconscious, 2016

A Walk in the Unconscious, 2016
exhibition view, Carré d'Art, Nimes
© David Huguenin

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.

 

 1946
born in Cairo, Egypt 

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

 2016
A Walk in the Unconscious, Carré d'Art, Nimes, France

 2015
Cities by the Rivers, SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, Montreal

 2014
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

 2013
ZYX-XYZ AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY - ODD TIMES IN LIFE, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg
Unstructured Diary for an Autobiography, daad gallery, Berlin

 2011
A Poet on the Edges of History, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin

 2010
A Journey to Cavafy’s Alexandria, Benaki Museum, Athens

 2009
Hand in Hand, Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul

 2006
Péres, Kasr el Basha and Centre Culturel Français, Gaza, PLE & CCF of Amman

 2001
Safar Khan Gallery, Cairo 

 1997
Poemata Constantin Cavafy Handpainted books, Cavafy House, Alexandria

 1996
drawings and painting on Constantin Cavafy, Espace Karim Francis, Cairo 

 1992
from wax images to Indian tales , Mashrabiya Gallery, Cairo

 1991
Paradise lost, Dare-Dare, Montreal

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

 2016
THE UNFAITHFUL REPLICA, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid
SITE Sante Fe, USA

 2015
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

 2014
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

 2013
Anna Boghiguian, INIVA, London
Cross-border. Künstlerinnen der Gegenwart aus dem arabischen Mittelmeerraum, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany  

 2012
dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel 

 2011
Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah 

 2009
11th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul 

 2008
In the Middle of the Middle – curated by Catherine David, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut 

 2007
Biennale of Thessaloniki with Catherine David, Thessaloniki, Greece 

 2003
Contemporary Arab Representation, Rotterdam; Barcelona; Umea, Sweden; Granada, Spain 

 2000
Rare books library - a collection of artist books, American University, Cairo 

 1997
Cavafy, Gallery Athanor, Marseille

 1995
Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto 

 1994
Festival des Allumées, Nantes, France 


 

Books

 

 

 2003
Les images de ganges par fata morgana, Institute du monde arabe children's books, Paris, France
A series of exhibitions on artist books, France  

 2002
Bibliotheque national les manuscript arabe, Paris, France
Rare books library, artist books American University, Cairo, Egypt 

 2001
Les Images du Nil, Poem and Watercolour, Fata Morgana, limited edition of 30 books, Montpellier, France 

 2001
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.