Anna Boghiguian - Castello di Rivoli

Anna Boghiguian – Castello di Rivoli, Italy

Anna Boghiguian

September 19, 2017–January 7, 2018

Castello di Rivoli
Italy

This is the first major retrospective exhibition devoted to the Egyptian-Canadian artist of Armenian origin, Anna Boghiguian (Cairo, 1946). It brings together for the first time an extraordinary body of notebooks, drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures as well as some spectacular large-scale installations. Boghiguian’s graphic works are anti-aesthetic and dionysiac because they privilege an immediate and emotional form of verbal and visual communication, contrary to an academic style linked to a notion of classical, apollonian beauty.

Everything Boghiguian makes is a book, whether it looks like a book or not. From the start of her career in the 1980s until the present, she has made artist’s books. After her first bound volumes, like ZYX-XYZ, 1981-86, the pages opened outwards like a leporello and then became series of single drawings reminiscent of film frames. At the Sharjah Biennial in 2011 and at dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel, in 2012, the notebooks were incorporated into installations, along with architectural structures and walk-through environments. Like giant pop-up books, space is experienced as continually folding and unfolding. Unfinished Symphony, 2011-2012, and The Salt Traders, 2015, on display here, are a form of the expanded book and intellectual resistance, offering visitors a direct and bodily experience that is the antithesis of the remote, mediated life typical of the digital age. Experiencing one of her works today is like turning and reading the pages of a book in which we also become characters, entering a world folded in on itself; illuminated by extraordinary flashes of insight.
The daughter of an Armenian clockmaker, Boghiguian studied political science and art at the American University in Cairo in the 1960s. She then moved to Canada in the early 1970s, studying art and music in Montreal. She has traveled all her life, constantly going from place to place, thus expressing an urgent need for a cosmopolitan culture well before the advent of globalization.

An empathetic observer of the human condition, Boghiguian offers us a unique interpretation of contemporary life, between past and present, poetry and politics, joy and a critique of the modern world. Her artworks sing and celebrate a nomadic and suffering humanity, victim of History and its conflicts.

While keeping her studio and home in Cairo, Boghiguian lives and works in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Winner of the Golden Lion for the best pavilion (Armenia) at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, she also took part in the traveling exhibition “Contemporary Arab Representation” in 2003 and in the 11th and the 14th Istanbul Biennial in 2009 and 2015.

The exhibition is curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Marianna Vecellio.

The exhibition is organized in collaboration with Sharjah Art Foundation in Sharjah (UAE), where it will run from March 16 to June 16, 2018.

More information: castellodirivoli.org

Anna Boghiguian - Castello di Rivoli

Anna Boghiguian – Castello di Rivoli

Anna Boghiguian - Castello di Rivoli

Anna Boghiguian – Castello di Rivoli

Anna Boghiguian - Castello di Rivoli

Anna Boghiguian – Castello di Rivoli

The End of the World Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art

The End of the World – Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art

The End of the World

Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art
Italy

October 16 2016 – March 19 2017

On the occasion of its reopening, the Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art presents the exhibition The End of the World, curated by director Fabio Cavallucci with the cooperation of (as well as that of the internal team) a large group of international advisors including: Elena Agudio, Antonia Alampi, Luca Barni, Myriam Ben Salah, Marco Brizzi, Lorenzo Bruni, Jota Castro, Wlodek Goldkorn, Katia Krupennikova, Morad Montazami, Giulia Poli, Luisa Santacesaria, Monika Szewczyk and Pier Luigi Tazzi.

Through the works of over 50 international artists in a showing that will span the entire exhibition area of the museum – over 3000 square metres – the exhibition will be set up as a kind of exercise of distance which will incite us to take a look at our present from a great distance.

Along the way the audience will experience the feeling of being projected thousands of light years away to view our current world as if it were a fossil, geological eras from the present time, resulting in a feeling of being suspended in a limbo between a now distant past and a still distant future.

Throughout the exhibition, many expressions and artistic languages will be interconnected: music, theatre, cinema, architecture and dance represented not just as side events but as integral moments of the show, helping to build an immersive and captivating narrative.

The exhibition ‘The End of the World’ will be accompanied by a catalogue published in two languages, Italian and English, as well as a series of conferences and debates which will develop the various themes explored in the exhibition including scientific, philosophical and literary aspects, from more recent theories of physics to the prehistoric, and from science fiction to ecology and sustainability.

Artists:
Adel Abdessemed, Jananne Al-Ani, Darren Almond, Giovanna Amoroso & Istvan Zimmermann, Aristide Antonas, Riccardo Arena, Kader Attia, Francis Bacon, Babi Badalov, Fayçal Baghriche, Francesco Bertelè, Rossella Biscotti, Björk, Umberto Boccioni, Kerstin Brätsch, Cai Guo-Qiang, Julian Charrière & Julius von Bismarck, Ali Cherri, Analivia Cordeiro, Isabelle Cornaro, Vincenzo Maria Coronelli, Hanne Darboven, Pippo Delbono, Marcel Duchamp, Marlene Dumas, Jimmie Durham, Olafur Eliasson, Federico Fellini, Didier Fiuza Faustino, Lucio Fontana, Carlos Garaicoa, Adalberto Giazotto, Arash Hanaei, Camille Henrot, Thomas Hirschhorn, Joakim, Polina Kanis,Tadeusz Kantor, Tigran Khachatryan, Robert Kusmirowski, Andrey Kuzkin, Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Suzanne Lacy, Ahmed Mater, Boris Mikhailov, NASA, Henrique Oliveira, Lydia Ourahmane, Pëtr Pavlensky, Gianni Pettena, Agnieszka Polska, Pablo Picasso, Pussy Riot / Taisiya Krugovykh, Qiu Zhijie, Józef Robakowski, Batoul S’Himi, Fari Shams, Santiago Sierra, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Unknown-lower paleolithic period, Unknown-upper paleolithic period, Luis Urculo, Emmanuel Van der Auwera, Ekaterina Vasilyeva & Hanna Zubkova, Andy Warhol, Ingrid Wildi Merino, Andrzej Wróblewski, Alik Yakubovich, David Zink Yi

More information: www.centropecci.it

The End of the World Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art

The End of the World
Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art

The End of the World Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art

The End of the World
Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art Un momento dell’anteprima di ‘La fine del mondo’, al via dal 16 ottobre in occasione della riapertura del Centro per l’arte contemporaneo Luigi Pecci, Prato, 15 ottobre 2016.
ANSA/MAURIZIO DEGL INNOCENTI