A Play to Play, 2013

Anna Boghiguian
In the foreground: A Play to Play, 2013, paint, pencil, paper, fabric and wood, variable dimensions.
Courtesy the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg & Beirut
Installation view: Anna Boghiguian, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Torino, September 2017
Photo by: Renato Ghiazza


Anna Boghiguian, a retrospective encompassing four decades of the artist’s work, opens on 16 March 2018 at Bait Al Serkal in Sharjah’s Arts Square.

The exhibition presents six large bodies of Boghiguian’s work: her multimedia installations The Salt Traders (2015), A Play to Play (2013) (based on the works of the poet Tagore) and Unfinished Symphony (2011–2012), the drawing series A Poet on the Edge of History (Constantine Cavafy) (1995–2017), a large selection of illustrated notebooks (1981–present) and a recreation of the artist’s studio in Cairo.

Characterised by bold colours and saturated compositions, Boghiguian’s paintings and sculptures combine materials like wax, wood and paint with cut-outs and collage. Her work also comprises photography, text, sound and site-specific installations that derive from her observations of social conflicts.

Curated by Hoor Al Qasimi and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, the exhibition opens on 16 March 2018 at Bait Al Serkal. Anna Boghiguian has been organised by Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Torino in conjunction with Sharjah Art Foundation. The exhibition opened on 18 September in Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, where it was curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Marianna Vecellio and will be on view until 10 December 2017.

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Characterised by bold colours and immersive environments, Anna Boghiguian’s work takes many forms, from multimedia installations to paintings, sculptures, photography and book series.