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Muriel Hasbun, Photography Department Chair
February 29, 2012
The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at the University of Texas at Austin is presenting an exhibition titled Archive and Memory by the Corcoran's Muriel Hasbun.
On view Feb. 22–March 30, 2012, the photo-based exhibit explores the relationship between past and present and lives at the intersection of personal memory and collective history.
Through the gathering and close scrutiny of a dispersed family archive, Hasbun has stitched together fragments into elusive narratives and reconstructed a world lost to exile, assimilation, and genocide. Her focus on cultural identity and memory resonates with the 2012 Lozano Long Conference, Central Americans and the Latino/a Landscape: New Configurations of Latina/o America, which opens with the exhibit on February 22. Archive and Memory creates a dialogue between images from three collections: “Santos y sombras/Saints and Shadows,” which explores migration and Central American identity; “X post facto (équis anónimo),” which is culled from an archive of over 1,000 X-rays and ponders the effect of trauma on the body; and “Yo Viajo,” an interactive installation of family photos juxtaposed with dramatic scenes from El Salvador’s civil war.
Hasbun, chair of photography and associate professor at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, is the recipient of numerous distinctions, including being the lead artist for a transnational project funded by the “Museums & Community Collaborations Abroad” of the U.S. Department of State and the American Association of Museums, a Fulbright Scholar, and the recipient of a Escuela de Bellas Artes Artist in Residence in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Hasbun’s photo-based work has been internationally exhibited, including venues such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the 50th Venice Biennale, the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City, and the Musée de l’Arles Antique at the 29ème Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles.
Professor Hasbun was also selected as a 2012 Recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Photography. The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Individual Artist Awards are grants awarded to Maryland artists through an anonymous, competitive process to encourage and sustain their pursuit of artistic excellence.