About The Work
Italian by birth but Senegalese by adoption, Maïmouna takes us through a visionary world that crosses the complexities of identity syncretism, creating an allusive dialogue between European and African culture.
Thanks to a multifaceted approach of clear emotional resonance, the artist invites us to discover a middle ground, an apparent place, where the usual structural barriers are overturned, to give way to an intimate
dimension that combines personal ingredients with testimonies of reality.
This composite narrative correspondence finds inspiration in the religious outline of the artist herself and in particular, in her approach to the Sufism, a specific Muslim practice that differs from the others for its marked predilection for spiritual perfection. Sufism, with its mystical and ascetic character, places man at
the centre of the universe, reiterating the importance of a direct relationship with the Divine.
The search for this mutual harmony is the focal point of the expressive parable of Maïmouna and is rediscovered in the symbolic value that she applies to the concept of body as a broader metaphor of identity.
Maïmouna Guerresi is a multimedia artist working with large scale 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.
Pointing out the intimate investigation of the Islamic spirituality, and interpreting the various aspects of the Muslim inner world, the project discloses Maïmouna Guerresi’s approach to address contemporary multi-racial issues where the combination of race and culture exemplifies the dualistic symbolism with cosmological and ancestral roots.
Founded in Milan in 2009, Officine dell'Immagine is dedicated to exhibiting international emerging and accomplished artists whose works reflect cross-cultural experiences. Today, the gallery works with artists from Europe, America and Asia with a perceivable connection to Africa and the Middle East. Through a rich exhibition schedule, with fine publications and fair participations, the gallery prides itself on making collaboration a principal of its operations, working closely with artists to create insightful, often provocative, total presentations that challenge the conventions of a contemporary art gallery.