Maïmouna Guerresi,  is an Italian-Senegalese multimedia artist working with photography, sculpture, video and installation. Her work presents an intimate perspective on the spiritual ideas of human beings in relation to their inner mystical dimensions. Maïmouna’s images become an appreciation of a shared humanity beyond psychological, cultural and political boundaries.

The hybrid embrace of her work towards the spirituality and ancestry of African, Asian and European cultures mirrors her own embrace of globalization in art and life. Recurring metaphors milk, light, the hijab, trees and contrasting black and white create an awareness of the vital unifying qualities of Islamic spirituality.

The figures and scenes presented by the artist take on a new light that of a universal truth about community and the soul wherein the person becomes a sacred dwelling, or a meeting place for humanity to rediscover our shared mystical body.



Maïmouna Guerresi has exhibited in prominent institutions such as the Venice Biennale at the Italian pavilion in 1982 and 1986;

Documenta K18 in Kassel, Germany 1987;

1999 Mudima Foundation, Milan, Italy,; Museum Rocca of Umbertide, Perugia, Italy;

2004 Museum Contemporary III, Atlanta, USA;

2008 Museum Filatoio of Caraglio, Cuneo;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;

Palazzo Ariosti Bevilacqua, Bologna, Italy 2011; National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India 2012;

Italian Culture Center, New Delhi, India 2012;

2013 Chobi Mela VII,International Festival of photography, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh;

F.A.R Museum, Rimini, Italy ; M-eating, Camhane Art Center, Instanbul, Turkey ; Stimultania, Pole de la Photographie,

Strasburg, France ; Cultural Institute of Islam, Paris, France, 2013; Islamic Art Festival, 16° edition, Sharjah Art Museum,


2014 Dubai Art Fair 8 th edition,Tasveer Gallery, Dubai, UA.E. 2014; Biennale 11° Off-Dak’Art, Biscuiterie, Dakar,

Senegal; 57th Festival of the Two Worlds, Rocca Albornoziana, Spoleto, Italy ; National Museum of Bahrain, Bahrain, U.A.E.

2015 Matèria Gallery Rome, Italy ; Villa Gautieri, Studio Copernico, Casalbeltrame, Novara, Italy, ; Mariane Ibrahim

Gallery, Volta NY, New York and Seattlle, WA, U.S.A.; Re-Signification, Villa La Pietra, Museo Ettore Bardini, Florence, Italy.

2016 LACMA Museum, Los Angeles, U.S.A.; MEF Museum Ettore Fico, Turin ,Italy; Venaria Reale Turin, Italy,2016;

Hafez Gallery in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Jeddah, KSA.

2017 Institut du Monde Arabe, IMA, Paris, France.

2018 Project Agit’Art, 13° Biennal Off Dakar, Dakar, Senegal; Manifesta, Spazio ZAC, Palermo, Italy; Mini Arte Texil,

XXVIII, Como, Italy; Al Musiqa, Cité de la musique Philarmonie de Paris, Paris, France; Africa is not Island, MACAAL museum, Marrakesh, Morocco;

NOMA Museum, New Orleans, U.S.A.

2019 The House of Culture in Girona, Salt Girona, Spagna; Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle, USA; Eyes East

Bound, 13th Cairo Biennale; Musèe Mohammed VI, Art Moderne Et Contemporain Rabat, Morocco ; Trascendent:

Spirituality in Contemporary Art, BCA Center Burlington, Vermont USA; I Am… Contemporary Women Artists of Africa,

Attraversamenti, Michetti Foundation ,Francavilla, Pescara - Museo Pignatelli, Naples, Italy.

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, USA.; Modest Fashion, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, The Netherlands.

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; Paul G. Allen’s Private Art Collection, Seattle, WA, USA;

LACMA Museum, LosAngeles, USA; Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, WA, USA.