This is the first retrospective in the UK of the Egyptian-Canadian artist of Armenian origin, Anna Boghiguian (Cairo, 1946). Informed by her interest in philosophy and her continuous travels, Boghiguian’s work comments on the human condition through the perspectives of global trade, mass migration, colonialism and war. The exhibition will feature large-scale installations of cut-out paper figures, alongside paintings, collages and books, as well as components of the artist’s studio brought to St Ives. While addressing current global concerns, the exhibition resonates with the local context of St Ives as an artists’ community, and Cornwall’s industrial history in terms of seafaring and trade.
Lebanese artist Huguette Caland has her first UK museum solo exhibition at Tate St Ives Shifting between figuration and abstraction, large, colourful canvasses and detailed drawings from the 1970s and 1980s will explore the delicate balance between the suggestive and the explicit that Caland created in her work. After moving to Paris from Beirut in 1970, Caland achieved artistic recognition with her exuberant and erotically charged paintings that challenged traditional conventions of beauty and desire. The female physique is a recurrent motif in her work, often painted like landscapes with voids and mountain-like forms. Born in Lebanon in 1931, Caland studied art at the American University in Beirut and lived in Paris and California for many years, before returning to Beirut in 2013.
Nigerian-born contemporary artist Otobong Nkanga will install new and existing works at Tate St Ives as the culmination of her upcoming residency at the gallery. Nkanga’s drawings, installations, photographs and sculptures variously examine ideas around land and the value connected to natural resources.
A film work of cinematic scale, Provenancetraces in reverse the global trade in furniture from the Indian city of Chandigarh. This multi-element film work explores the journey taken by modernist chairs from their original location in the city of Chandigarh, India, to auction houses and collectors’ homes in Europe and America. Created by New York based artist Amie Siegel, the artwork looks at the use and value of such objects within these different contexts.