April 29 – September 4, 2023
Aga Khan Museum and Aga Khan Park – Toronto
Villes Nouvelles and Ancient Shadows
Curated by Stephanie Radchenko
“The work of Italian-Senegalese multimedia artist Maïmouna Guerresi invites viewers to look beyond the physical world, exploring an intimate spiritual dimension while drawing attention to their shared humanity. This installation, displayed on outdoor exhibition panels throughout the Aga Khan Park and inside the Aga Khan Museum, presents two series of works created during an artist residency at the Musée d’Art Contemporain Africain Al Maaden in Marrakesh, Morocco in 2020.
The portrait series Sebaätou Rijal (2020) symbolizes spiritual interconnectedness, while the history of Marrakesh serves as the catalyst for Guerresi’s series Villes Nouvelles and Ancient Shadows (2020), in which her images merge French colonial architecture with the traditional culture and spirituality of the region.”