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The cosmic connect

Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi’s photographs come from her imagination and experiences during her travels across the globe. Known for photographing portraits of women that symbolise abstract realities, she has been credited for showcasing various values, cultures and religion that go beyond aesthetic pleasure.

For her latest exhibition titled Inner Space, Guerresi has shot over 100 photographs of which only 26 photographs will be exhibited at Piramal Art Gallery. The pictures show veiled figures of women that symbolise a sacred space which she describes as a ‘temple¬†of spirit’. It explores feminine spirituality that demands attention for its nature and composure.

Nathaniel Gaskell, the creative director of Tasveer Art Gallery and also the person-in-charge of the exhibition, explains, “All the photographs have been shot in Guerresi’s studio in Italy. The models are often friends, relatives and common people, who become the interpreters of a certain character that she wants to reflect upon. As she is married to a North African, she has rechristened herself Maimouna. It has helped her focus on marginalised and women from various
communities.”

To give a more Indian context, Guerresi has used carmine red on the models’ forehead, symbolising the bindi. Gaskell elaborates, “She gets deeply influenced by different cultures and bases her work accordingly.”

The multi-talented artist started working on this project in 2011 and completed it within a year. Says Gaskell, “She is a very well-established artist and takes her time to know the subject and the concept. Her experiences help her focus on people and emotions, which often describe personal as well as social conflicts.”

Though her photographs have been showcased in Bangalore and Kolkata, Mumbai will be the last destination. “Mumbai is always brimming with creativity in the art circuit and she is very excited to showcase her body of work here,” Gaskell concludes.

When: April 15 to 24,
12 to 8 pm
Where: Piramal Art Gallery, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point
Contact: 66223737  

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