Maïmouna Guerresi - Italy
Maïmouna Guerresi is a multimedia artist working with photography, sculpture, video and installation: Italian-Senegal, born in Italy, her work presents an intimate perspective on spiritual ideas of human beings in relation to their inner mystical dimensions. 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.
Maïmouna Guerresi has exhibited in prominent institutions such as the Venice Biennale at the Italian pavilion in 1982 and Documenta K18 in Kassel, Germany, 1987; Mudima Foundation, Milan, Italy, 1999; Museum Rocca of Umbertide, Perugia, Italy 1999; Museum Contemporary III, Atlanta, USA 2004; Museum Filatoio of Caraglio, Cuneo 2008; Les Rencontres de Bamako, National Museum of Bamako Mali 2009; Lucca Digital Photo Festival, Manifattura Tabacchi, Lucca, Italy 2009; Central Electrique, Bruxelles, Belgium 2010; KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland 2011; Boghossian Foundation, Villa Empain, Bruxelles, Belgium 2011; Palace Bevilacqua, Bologna, Italy 2011; National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India 2012; Italian Culture Center, New Delhi, India, 2012; Chobi Mela VII: Fragility, International Festival of photography, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2013; F.A.R Museum, Rimini, Italy 2013; M-eating, Camhane Art Center, Instanbul, Turkey, 2013; Stimultania, Pole de la Photographie, Strasburg, France 2013; Cultural Institute of Islam, Paris, France, 2013; Islamic Art Festival, 16° edition, Sharjah Art Museum, U.A.E., 2014; Dubai Art Fair 8th edition,Tasveer Gallery, Dubai, UA.E. 2014; Biennale 11° Off-Dak’Art, Biscuiterie, Dakar, Senegal, 2014; 57th Festival of the Two Worlds, Rocca Albornoziana, Spoleto, Italy, 2014; National Museum of Bahrain, Bahrain, U.A.E., 2014; Matèria Gallery Rome, Italy, 2015; Villa Gautieri, Studio Copernico,Casalbeltrame, Novara, Italy, 2015; Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Volta NY, New York and Seattlle, WA, U.S.A.; Re-Signification, Villa La Pietra, Museo Ettore Bardini, Florence, Italy, 2015.
Among her recent solo and group exhibitions:
2018 (solo), Aisha in Wonderland, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle. WA, USA and Project Gallery, curated by Mariane Ibrahim , Saint Louis, Missouri, USA ; (group)Mini Arte Texil, XXVIII International exhibition of contemporary art, former church of San Francesco, Como, Italy; (group)Re-Signification, Black Mediterranean, Manifesta, curated by Awam Ampka, organized by New York University, Spazio ZAC, Palermo, Italy; (solo) Minbar, Project Agit’Art, Dakar, curated by Delphine Calmettes, 13° Biennal Off Dakar, Dakar, Senegal; (group)Al Musiqa, curated by Véronique Rieffel, Cité de la musique Philarmonie de Paris, Paris, France; (group)Africa is not Island, curators Jeanne Mercier, Baptiste de Ville d’Avray & Madeleine de Colnet, MACAAL museum, Marrakesh, Morocco;(group)A Queen Within Adorned Archetypes, curated by Sofia Hedman Martynova, NOMA Museum, New Orleans, U.S.A.; (solo) curated by Nontobeko Ntombela, Maïmouna project curated by Silvia Cirelli, Galleria Officine dell’Immagine,ICTAF, Cape Town.
2017 (group) Trésor de L’islam en Afrique de Tombouctou à Zanzibar, I.M.A Institute du Monde Arabe , Paris, France; (solo) The journey of the Sparrowhawk, curated by Manuela De Leonardis, Hafez Gallery in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Jeddah, KSA;
2016 (group) Islamic Art Now, Part II: Contemporary Art from the Midle East, LACMA museum, Los Angeles, U.S.A.; (solo) Sacred Dwellings, Stux & Haller Gallery, New York, with collaboration Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, U.S.A.; (group) Immaginarium: sotto il cappello, curated by Barbara Casalaspro Museo MEF Ettore Fico, Turin, Italy;(group) Sculture in Venaria Reale, curated by Luca Beatrice and Studio Copernico, Venaria Reale Turin, Italy.
Her work is included in private and public collections worldwide, including the Boghossian Foundation, Bruxelles, Belgium; Contemporary Art Museum Palazzo della Ragione, Verona, Italy; European Investment Bank, Luxembourg; Map Museum, Bangalore, India; M.I.A Minneapolis Institute of Art, USA; Foundation Alliances, Casablanca, Morocco; Cultural Institute of Islam, Paris, France; MACAAL, Marrakech Museum, Morocco; LACMA Museum, Los Angeles, USA; Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, WA, USA