Maïmouna Guerresi is an Italian-Senegalese artist, born in Italy and converted to Islam after living in Senegal. Her work is a hybrid embrace of ancestry in African, Asian and European culture.
Her works present an intimate perspective on human spirituality in relation to mysticism, shedding a new light on community and the soul. Recurrent metaphors such as milk, light, the hijab, trees create an awareness of the vital unifying qualities of Islamic spirituality. Guerresi’s images are delicate narratives with fluid sequencing, an appreciation of shared humanity beyond borders – psychological, cultural, and political.
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 and at Documenta K18, Kassel, Germany in 1987.
Recent institutional 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; Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA.