Muriel Hasbun: barquitos de papel and other stories
I come from peoples in exile.
I became an adult with an extreme sensitivity to the irreconcilable…
Muriel Hasbun explores the intricacies and emotional reverberations of identity through art, and uses photography and personal histories as vehicles for exchange. Through an intergenerational, transnational and transcultural lens, Hasbun constructs contemporary narratives and establishes a space for dialogue where individual memory and collective memory spark new questions about identity and place.
Muriel Hasbun’s photographic and video work is a process of re-encounter, synthesis, and re-creation. Through it, past and present become interlaced in a renewed configuration; in Santos y sombras/Saints and Shadows, the Palestinian desert and Eastern European ash sift, shift and blend in the volcanic sands of El Salvador, to form the texture of the path on which she defines and expresses her experience. With barquitos de papel/paper boats, she draws from the autobiographical as a point of departure, and alludes to the role of lens-based media in the telling of our stories. The installation beckons to the public to add their own paper boats inscribed with their family history and stories of migration. Hasbun will conduct a workshop to encourage participation in the barquitos de papel collective archive.
Muriel Hasbun’s work has been exhibited at the American University Museum (2008), Museum of Photographic Arts (2007), Centro Cultural de España de El Salvador and FotoFest (2006), the Corcoran Gallery of Art (2004); the 50th Venice Biennale (2003); the Centro de la Imagen (1999); and the 29ème Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d”Arles (1998). Her photographs are in numerous private and public collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
Muriel Hasbun is a 2006-08 Fulbright Scholar. She is Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Photography at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC.
This exhibition is curated by Lilly Albritton, who is a doctoral student at UTD and holds a
B.A. and an M.A. in Art History from SMU.