Egypt through an artist’s eyes Anna Boghiguian, one of Egypt’s foremost contemporary artists, has traveled the globe and recorded her artistic reaction to each new place in drawings and paintings in the notebooks she carries everywhere. But her roads through India or Cambodia, Canada or France always come back to the land of her birth, Egypt. Her drawings of Egypt reflect her instinctive and emotional responses to the country’s many layers of history and myth, and to the people, ancient and modern, grand and everyday, who populate those histories and myths with such entrancing spirit. In this very personal presentation of Egypt, Anna Boghiguian shares both her visual and her verbal thoughts, as she leads us on a tour of this incredible land of fact and fiction, across space and in and out of time, through her words that paint pictures and her drawings that tell stories. This truly unique book is as much about the artist as it is about the land, and a treasure on both counts.
Anna Boghiguian, born in Cairo in 1946, graduated from the American University in Cairo in economics and political science in 1969, then studied art under Fouad Kamel in Egypt. She obtained her BFA in visual arts and music from Concordia University, Montreal. She has held many exhibitions in Egypt, Yemen, France, Greece, and Canada, and has illustrated many books including editions of Ungaretti and Cavafy for the French publisher Fata Morgana, who also published her own book Images of the Nile in early 2000, part of a projected series called Rivers of the World to include volumes on the Ganges and the Mekong. For the American University in Cairo Press she has illustrated Farewell to Alexandria by Harry E. Tzalas (March 2000) and created a series of twenty covers for editions of novels by Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz.