Maïmouna Guerresi is an Italian-Senegal artist, born in Italy, she converted to Islam after living in Senegal. Besides performing in another areas, today we focus on the art photography side of the artist.
She presents an intimate perspective on spiritual ideas of human beings in relation to their inner mystical dimensions. Her series of photographies titled “The giants” enchants us at the first sight.
Guerresi’s images are delicate narratives with fluid sequencing, an appreciation of shared humanity beyond borders – psychological, cultural, and political. Recurrent metaphors such as milk, light, the hijab, trees, and contrasting white and black create awareness of the vital unifying qualities of Islamic spirituality.
Maïmouna work’s hybrid embrace of spirituality and ancestry of Africa, Asia and Europe culture, is ultimately reflective of her embrace of the globalization in art and life. We often talk about a global international community, but few people truly reflect our interconnected world as flawlessly as Maïmouna. Viewed through this lens, her figures and scenes take on a new light, a universal truth about community and the soul. The person here becomes a sacred dwelling, a meeting-place for humanity to re-discover its shared mystic body.
Maïmouna Guerresi is a multimedia artist working with photography, sculpture, video, and installation. Her work has been extensively exhibited in solo and group shows all over the world. Guerresi was invited to participate in the Italian pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1982-1986-2011.