Anna Boghiguian

Cairo, Egypt, 1946

Anna Boghiguian's work is a polyphonic narrative that unfolds through drawings, paintings, dioramas, installations, and texts. At the same time, it is an astonishing tool of historical investigation that, without yielding anything in terms of poetics, can analyze specific contexts, fragments of individual lives, and wide-ranging phenomena. The latter is the case in Woven Winds – The Making of an Economy – Costly Commodities (2016–-2022), in which, through drawings, texts, collages, and self-supporting cutouts, the artist recounts the genesis and development of the cotton trade, an activity that both anticipates and prophesizes the contemporary globalization of the economy.

A tireless traveller, Boghiguian trained between Egypt, Canada, and Mexico. Her art is a form of recording reality and context, but never with a detached gaze. On the contrary, the artist's work is always positioned concerning the social conditions of the present and often includes an interrogation of the historical events that produced them. At the same time, Boghiguian's great love for Symbolist painting – Gustave Moreau and William Blake, for example – emerges through a surreal vein that is an integral part of her poetics, deconstructing the official languages of power, desecrating their ""sacred"" representations: a hallucinated and ironic dream in which the artist moves her poetic attack on absolute power and its incarnations.

Anna Boghiguian draws inspiration from travel and studies of diverse art forms to create unique narratives through collages, books, drawings, paintings, and installations. Her works have been exhibited in various spaces, including the Museum der Moderne Salzburg (Austria), New Museum (New York, USA), 31st Bienal de São Paulo (Brazil), La Triennial di Milano (Italy), and Documenta 13 (Kassel, Germany). Her works are included in the collections of institutions such as MoMA (Nova York, USA) and Guggenheim (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates).

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