STUNNING SURREAL PHOTOS BASED ON AFRICAN MUSLIM SAINTS

STUNNING SURREAL PHOTOS BASED ON AFRICAN MUSLIM SAINTS

Born in Italy as Patrizia Guerresi, artist Maïmouna Guerresi changed her name and converted to Sufi Islam after marrying a Senegalese man. In the series Giants, inspired by the “greatness and spiritual beauty” of African Muslim saints, she photographed everyday subjects and members of her family.

Genitilla Al Wilada, 2007
“Bubbles emerge, like new weightless worlds, from the black cavern of the female figure’s structural garment,” says Guerresi. “Genitilla is the name of a pagan female festivity, and Al Wilada is the Arabic name for a woman who is about to give birth.”

Photograph: All photographs courtesy of Maïmouna Guerresi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Golden Door, 2011“This suspended and metaphysical scene features a character dressed in a tall, majestic, architectural costume that creates a dark and infinite door. The same shape is mimicked by the golden door placed behind her.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ibrahim, 2008
“Ibrahim, or Abraham, is a saint who unites three major religions. In this depiction he is wearing a typical North African cap.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kalidi’s dream, 2011
“Many of my photos feature African ‘giants’, but this shot is part of a series of Indian ones.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surprise, 2010“The two children are surprised to see their mother lifted from the ground and becoming like a Madonna.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malik 2011“The name ‘Malik’ means king. This character is a majestic figure sitting on a throne-mantle.”