Maïmouna Guerresi is an Italo-Senegalese multimedia artist working with photography, sculpture, video, and installation. She was born in Italy and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. Maïmouna turned to photography after a period of experimentation with painting and drawing. Early in her career she was invited to show in the Italian pavilion at the Venice Biennale (1982 and 1986), the Rome Quadrennial (1986), as well as at Documenta K18 (1987) in Kassel, Germany.
Maïmouna has been extensively exhibited in shows all over Europe, the United States, Asia, and the Middle East. These include a solo show at the Foundation Mudima in Milan, where she made a large-scale exhibition with video installations and photographs at a time when Islam was an emerging area of discursive interest. She was invited to exhibit a large scale installation at The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, in Atlanta, Georgia; In Italy her sculpture was exhibited during The Turin Olympics at the Royal Palace of Turin with Studio Copernico; a solo exhibition at Il Filatoio di Caraglio in Caraglio, Italy; at Photo & Contemporary in Turin, Italy; at the Palazzo Bevilacqua in Bologna, Italy; she participated in Artissima and Paris Photo. Maïmouna had an exhibit at the Biennal “Les Rencontres de Bamako 2009” at the National Museum of Bamako, Mali.
She also showed at Central Elecrique and Fondation Boghossian at Villa Empain in Brussels, Belgium; at the Cultural Institute of Islam in Paris; she was part of a group show with artists from the Middle East and Africa at the Stux, New York; had a large scale exhibition at Kiasma Mueseum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland; a solo exhibition at the Polo de la Photographie in Strasburg, France; showed at the French Institute in Fez, Morocco; at The Camhane Art Center in Istambul; a group exhibition “Africa: See You, See Me” and “Resignifications” at Villa La Pietra, Florence; a solo show, organized and curated by Tasveer Foundation at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, at The Seagull Foundation for the Arts in Kolkata, at the Italian Cultural Institute in New Delhi, and at the National Museum of Bahareim, all in India. She was invited to participate in the Islamic Arts Festival at the National Museum in Sharjah UAE; personal exhibitions at Volta New York and in Seattle with Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. Maïmouna lives and works between Italy and Senegal.