MAIMOUNA GUERRESI / Officine dell’Immagine
Touba Minaret, 2011
Italia / Italy
Courtesy Officine dell'Immagine, Milan
Maïmouna Guerresi (born in 1951 in Italy, lives and works in Verona and Milan, Italy and Dakar, Senegal) is a multimedia artist working with photography, sculpture, video, and installation. As an Italian-Senegal artist, born in Italy, her work presents an intimate perspective on spiritual ideas of human beings in relation to their inner mystical dimensions. For over the years Guerresi’s work has been about empowering women and bringing together individuals and cultures in an appreciation for a context 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. Throug her approach, she addresses contemporary multi-racial issues where people coming from all backgrounds try hard to integrate deeply different societies. The combination of race and culture exemplifies the dualistic symbolism with cosmological and ancestral roots belonging to the immense heritage of world cultures including European cultures as well as African and Asian ones. Maïmouna work’s is ultimately reflective of her embrace of the globalization in art and life.