Born in 1946 in Cairo from parents of Armenian origin who had escaped from the genocide, Anna Boghiguian grew up in Heliopolis, a neighbourhood of the city inhabited largely by aristocratic élites and European minorities. After completing her studies in economics and political sciences at the American University, she left Egypt at little more than twenty years of age, initially to travel, only to settle permanently in Montréal, Canada. Here she grew close to music, literature and philosophy, and took her first steps in the world of the visual arts.
Her early works, produced around the end of the 1970s, are collages of cut-outs from newspapers and magazines, with which she marked the start of a highly personal contamination of images and words, gradually honed in her works in later life. [...]