Sunday, October 30, 2016

Maïmouna Guerresi: the Art of Explaining Mysteries

Grace, peace and a tacit understanding of the mysteries of the world seem to permeate the elegant photographic work of Italian-Senegalese visual artist Maïmouna Guerresi. Born Patrizia Guerresi, she converted to Sufi Islam at the age of 40; being the most mystical side of Islam, Sufism has proven to be a source of personal growth and artistic inspiration for Guerresi, since she admits that “it’s impossible for her to separate her most intimate thoughts from her artistic expression.” A strong believer in humanity’s common essence and destiny, Guerresi uses symbolism in order to reach the metaphysical, with religious Islamic symbols playing a big part in her iconography. In spite of her busy schedule, the artist generously accepted to give an interview to Yatzer and reveal the secret meanings behind her photographs, her connection to mysticism and her opinion on the heated debate in Europe about the hijab.