Anna Boghiguian was born in Cairo in 1946 as a daughter of Armenian immigrants. She first studied political science at the American University in Cairo, and then Art and Music in Montreal. This but very short fragment of her biography might serve as an analogon to her intense and in a way polyglott art which is closely connected to her personality and experiences. Roughly outlined the exhibition at Rupertinum, which – by the way – is her first in the German speaking countries, consists of three parts: her artist´s books, single projects, and a room on the second floor in which she installed furniture, tools, little objects and pictures from her Cairo studio, rendering her in some way still more personally present.
In her projects Anna Boghiguian deeply engages with her travels, the history of the places she travelled to, and different writers, as for example Indian Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. But she does this in an utterly free and associative manner, often expressing a call or a longing for a better way of living togther, or criticising the aggressive form of globalisation, but never sliding into pathos.
For the Salzburg exhibition is especially created a sail for the atrium; and whoever also visited the rather offside sites during the Venice Biennale in 2015, might remember her birds - symbols of freedom and (self-)sufficiency - in the monastery of San Lazzaro degli Armeni.
Header: Anna Boghiguian bei der Biennale in Venedig 2015
1: Trade + Birds, 2018, (Handel + Vögel), Detail, Segeltuch, bemalt, Sammlung der Künstlerin
2: Installationsansicht Anna Boghiguian, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg 2018
3: Untitled (Tagore’s Post Office), 2013, [Ohne Titel (Tagores Postamt)], Detail, 28 Fotografien und Farbe auf Karton , Sammlung Museum der Moderne Salzburg; Peasant Art, 2018, (Kleinbäuerliche Kunst), 2 Objekte, verschiedene, Materialien, Sammlung der Künstlerin
4: The Salt Traders, 2015, (Die Salzhändler), Detail, Installation, verschiedene Materialien, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Leihgabe der Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT
5: Anna Boghiguian, Un toute petite histoire de Nîmes, 2016 (Eine winzig kleine Geschichte von Nîmes), Ausstellungsansicht Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Turin, 2017, Courtesy die Künstlerin, Foto: Renato Ghiazza
6: Anna Boghiguian, Tagore’s Post Office (Mobile), 2013 [Tagores Postamt (Mobile)], Ausstellungsansicht Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Turin, 2017, Sammlung Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Foto: Renato Ghiazza