previews

Salzburg

Anna Boghiguian

Museum der Moderne Salzburg | Mönchsberg
Mönchsberg 32
July 26 - November 4

Curated by Sabine Breitwieser with Marijana Schneider, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Hoor Al Qasimi, and Marianna Vecellio

From the salt mines of Turkey to the Cuban town where Columbus made landfall, Anna Boghiguian travels the world to research the entwined subjects of her work: colonialism and slavery—the original sins of modernity—and their contemporary manifestations, such as mass migration and criminalization. The result is electric, combining the breadth of history painting, the urgency of frontline reporting, and the intimacy of a diary, punctuated by generous daubs of fluorescent pink or the pungent aroma of honeycomb. A legend in the Middle East, Boghiguian has long had a devoted cult following outside the region, but presentations at Documenta 13 in 2012 and at numerous biennials since have greatly expanded her audience; a solo show opening this month at the New Museum should finally bring her work the attention it deserves in New York. At the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, this exhibition, which originated in part at Castello di Rivoli in Turin, will feature nearly four decades of her drawings, paintings, notebooks, and photocollages, together with a new site-specific installation in the Rupertinum’s Baroque atrium.