12 jul. 2009

Terraemotus: Muriel Hasbún

“Todos los santos II (Recuerdos)/All the Saints II (Memories)”

selenium/sepia gelatin silver print, 13.5" x 18" (34.5 x 46 cms.) 1992-93


Muriel Hasbún

From the series “Saints and shadows”
SAL/USA, 1965

“I come from people in exile” says Muriel Hasbún of herself. She explores the intricacies and emotional reverberations of identity through art, and uses photography and her own personal histories as the vehicles for exchange. Through an intergenerational, transnational and transcultural lens -she was born in El Salvador into a French Jewish and a Christian Arab background-, she crafts a language that expresses a shared humanity, while erasing the borders that maintain our Otherness. Of the series

“Santos y sombras” she says: “es un refugio contra el silencio y el olvido.”

Hasbún’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Photographic Arts (2007), Centro Cultural de España de El Salvador and FotoFest (2006), the Corcoran Museum of Art (2004) and the 50th Venice Biennale (2003).Her photographs are in numerous public and private collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and has been a Fulbright Scholar 2006-7.

Muriel Hasbún is Associate Professor and the Coordinator of Fine Art Photography at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC.

“Altar I”

gelatin silver print, 17.5" x 13.5" (44.5 x 34 cms), 1997; also 24" x 20", 2004.

“El altar de mi bisabuelo / My Great Grandfather’s Altar”
selenium/sepia gelatin silver print, 17.5" x 13.5" (44.5 x 34 cms), 1997; also 24" x 20", 2004

“¿Sólo una sombra?/ Only a Shadow? (Mosze's Dream)”

gelatin silver print, 13" x 18" (33 x 46 cms.) 1994