Maïmouna Guerresi: Aisha in Wonderland, a Journey to Girona
From May 3 to June 28, 2019, the House of Culture Les Bernardes de Salt (Girona) will present the first solo exhibition in Spain, Aisha al país de les meravelles, un viatge a Girona (Aisha in Wonderland, a Journey to Girona) by Italian-Senegalese artist Maïmouna Guerresi.
Curated by Laura Cornejo Brugués and Manuela De Leonardis in collaboration with the Pasquale Battista Foundation, Aisha in Wonderland features recent works of photography, video and installation. Here, Guerresi invites the viewer to rethink the relationship between “subjectivity” and “otherness”. The hostile, asymmetric, rejecting or assimilative relationships should be abandoned in favour of a harmonious scenario in which bodies, deities, objects, nature and architecture offer the possibility of coexisting outside the logic of terror, exploitation and domination. Through a renewed iconographic updating of Islamic religious symbols and of Western artistic languages, the artist brings together art, spirituality and life. Maïmouna Guerresi’s work represents a journey towards an inner and hidden universe revealing moods, feelings and existential thoughts upon the incessant quest to find oneself and a new identity.
Maïmouna Guerresi lives and works between Italy and Senegal. She is a photographer, sculptor, performer, video and installation artist. Her work has been included in the Venice Biennale (in 1982 and 1986), the Rome Quadriennale (1986) and Documenta K18 in Kassel (1987), as well as in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Europe, Africa, United States, Asia and the Middle East. Her works are included in both public and private collections worldwide including the Boghossian Foundation in Belgium; Palazzo della Ragione in Italy; Tasveer Foundation in India; Fondation Alliances in Morocco; Minneapolis Institute of Art, LACMA Museum and the Smithsonian African Museum in the United States of America.
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