"Anna Boghiguian: The Loom of History" 2018

Exhibition view: New Museum, New York.
Photo: Maris Hutchinson / EPW Studio

Anna Boghiguian was born in 1946 in Cairo, Egypt. She studied political science at the American University in Cairo and Arts and Music at Concordia University in Montreal. She has had solo shows at Tate St. Ives, Cornwall (2019); the New Museum, New York (2018); a retrospective at Bait Al Serkal, Sharjah (2018); Castello di Rivoli (2017); Carré d’Art - Museum of Contemporary Art Nîmes, France (2016); and DAAD gallery, Berlin (2013).

In recent years, her works have been part of numerous international group exhibitions, including the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2018); ARTES MUNDI 8, Cardiff (2018); La Triennial di Milano (2017); Centro dos de Mayo, Madrid (2016); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2015); the Armenian Pavillion at the Venice Biennial (2015); Istanbul Biennial (2015), New Museum, New York (2014); São Paolo Biennial (2014); and Documenta 13, Kassel (2012). Her works are part of important international collections as MoMA, New York; Guggenheim, Abu Dhabi; The Art Institute of Chicago; Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Torino, among others.



Concordia, BFA in Visual Arts & Music, Montreal, Canada

American University in Cairo, BA in Economics & Political Science, Cairo, Egypt


Selected Solo Exhibitions

Anna Boghiguian, Tate St. Ives, Cornwall, UK

The Loom of History, New Museum, New York, USA
Anna Boghiguian, Bait Al Serkal, Sharjah Arts Square, Sharjah, UAE
Anna Boghiguian, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria

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

A Walk in the Unconscious, Carré d’Art - Museum of Contemporary Art Nîmes, France

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

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, Lebanon

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

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

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

Hand in Hand, Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

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

Poemata Constantin Cavafy Hand-painted books, Cavafy House, Alexandria, Egypt

Paradise Lost, Dare-Dare, Montreal, Canada


Selected Group Exhibitions


The Warmth of Other Suns, The Phillips Collection in partnership with the New Museum, New York, USA

Could Be (An Arrow), Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico
On Circulation, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway
ARTES MUNDI 8, National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff, Wales
The Universe Flickers, SALT Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
What is Enlightenment?, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland

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

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

Positions #2, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Venice Biennial, Armenian Pavilion, Venice, Italy
14th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
Sharjah Biennial 12, Sharjah, UAE
Gallery 3010, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
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, Germany
Anna Boghiguian – Taysir Batniji, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York, USA
31st Biennial de São Paulo, Brazil
1st International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Cartagena, Colombia

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

dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, Germany

Sharjah Biennial 10, Sharjah, UAE 

11th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey 

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

Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece

Contemporary Arab Representation, Cairo, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, Spain; Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden; Centro José Guerrero de la Diputación de Granada, Spain; co-produced by Witte de With, Rotterdam and Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona

Sacred Rivers: Featuring the Works of Anna Boghiguian, Rare Books and Special Collections Library, American University, Cairo, Egypt

Festival des Allumées, Nantes, France

Selected Group Exhibitions

Anna Boghiguian, Exhibition Booklet, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

Anna Boghiguian, Castello di Rivoli, Italy & SKIRA, Milan, Italy

Anna Boghiguian, Carré d’Art-Musée Contemporain, Nîmes, France & Koenig Books, London, UK

Images du Gange, Anna Boghiguian, Fata Morgana, Limited Edition of 30 books, Paris, France

Images du Nil, Fata Morgana, Limited Edition of 30 books, Paris, France

Constantine P. Cavafy’s Poems, Fata Morgana, Limited Edition of 30 books, Paris France


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.



Derek Williams Trust Purchase Award at the Artes Mundi 8 Prize