This exhibition presents a selection of Hasbun’s series, from her earliest photographic explorations in 1988 to recent experiments with chemigrams and expired photographic papers. The exhibition will include Santos y sombras / Saints and Shadows (1990–97), a series in which Hasbun layers negatives of archival family documents and new images to create photographs that collapse receding memories with their impact on the present.
A descendent of Salvadoran and Palestinian Christians on her paternal side and Polish and French Jews on her maternal side, Muriel Hasbun grew up in El Salvador. Reckoning with a family history filled with exile, loss, and migration, Hasbun herself had to leave her home country in 1979 at the start of the Salvadoran Civil War. She moved to France and then the United States to study, settling in Washington, DC, where she has since worked as an artist and professor of photography.
Image: Detail from Muriel Hasbun, Je me souviens (Portrait 1945), Chromogenic print, 1986 / courtesy of International Center of Photography