white resin and fabric; bald woman with African facial features (eyelids not delineated) curled into a fetal position, wearing a white gown with a collar but without sleeve openings; woman wears a tall cone-shaped hat; long length of white Lycra fabric tied around figure's waist which hangs down to floor

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Supha, 2008

Resin, Lycra, ironexpand_more

The P.D. McMillan Memorial Fundexpand_more  2014.43.1a-d

Maïmouna Patrizia Guerresi is a photographer, sculptor, and video and installation artist. In 1991, Guerresi traveled to various Muslim countries and converted to Islam. This triggered a new direction in her work, raising recurring themes of multicultural symbolism and feminine spirituality.

Supha hangs from the ceiling, draped in fabric. The white outfit is reminiscent of Sufi mystics, who through meditation and trance enter into direct contact with the divine. The figure’s closed eyes and floating position suggest spiritual introspection and material detachment. The work’s title is a word coined by the artist and combines sufi, a practitioner of Muslim mysticism, and safa, “purity” or “clarity” in Arabic.

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white resin and fabric; bald woman with African facial features (eyelids not delineated) curled into a fetal position, wearing a white gown with a collar but without sleeve openings; woman wears a tall cone-shaped hat; long length of white Lycra fabric tied around figure's waist which hangs down to floor

© Maïmouna Guerresi

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