Maïmouna Guerresi is an Italian-Senegalese artist. Born in Italy, she converted to Islam after living in Senegal, presents an intimate perspective on spiritual ideas of human beings in relation to their inner mystical dimensions. 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's work is a 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 Europe, Africa, the United States, Asia, and the Middle East. Guerresi was invited to participate in the Italian pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1982-1986-2011 as well as Documenta K18 (1987) in Kassel, Germany.
Her most recent museum shows include I Am... Contemporary Women Artists of Africa at The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (NMAfA), Re-Signification - Black Mediterranean, Spazio ZAC, collateral exhibition to Manifesta Palermo, Italy; Minbar -Project Agit’art 13° Biennale de Dak’Art Off, Dakar, Senegal; Africa is not Island, MACAAL Museum, Marrakech, Morocco; Al Musiqa, Cité de la musique Philarmonie de Paris; Islamic Art Now, PartII: Contemporary Art from the Middle East, Lacma Museum, Los Angeles, 2016; Re-Signification, Museo Bardini, Florence, 2015; National Museum of Sharjah, UAE, 2014; National Museum of Bahrain, UAE, 2014; Biennale Chobi Mela, Dhakka, Bangladesh, 2013; F.A.R Museum in Rimini, Italy, 2013; Camhane Art Center, collateral exhibition for the Istanbul Biennal Turkey, 2013; Pole de la Photographie, France; Cultural Institute of Islam, Paris, France, 2013; National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India 2012; KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland, 2011; French Institute, Fez, Morocco, 2011; Fondation Boghossian, Villa Empain, Brussels, 2011; Central Elecrique, Brussels, 2010; Biennal “Les Rencontres de Bamako” the National Museum of Bamako, Mali, 2009; Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, USA, 2004. Her work is included in private and public collections worldwide, including : The Boghossian Foundation, Belgium; Museo dʼarte Contemporanea Palazzo della Ragione, Italy; European Investment Bank, Luxembourg; Tasveer Foundation, India; M.I.A Minneapolis Institute of Art, USA; LACMA Museum, Los Angeles, USA; MACAAL Museum, Marrakech, Morocco; Smitssonian African Museum WA.USA.