Muriel Hasbun’s expertise as an artist and as an educator focuses on issues of cultural identity and memory, as well as on promoting cultural exchange. Through an intergenerational, transnational and transcultural lens, Hasbun constructs contemporary narratives and establishes a space for dialogue where individual and collective memory spark new questions about identity and place.
Hasbun, a Fulbright Scholar (2006-08), is the recipient of numerous distinctions, including a Museums Connect grant for a transnational project funded by the U.S. Department of State and the American Association of Museums (2011-12); Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards in Photography (2012) and in Media (2008); an Escuela de Bellas Artes Artist in Residence in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (2010); and the Corcoran’s Outstanding Creative Research Faculty Award (2007).
Hasbun’s photo-based work has been internationally exhibited. Venues include the Maier Museum of Art (2012); the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Light Work and Mexican Cultural Institute (2011); the MAC-Dallas and the Michael Mazzeo Gallery (2010); the American University Museum (2008); NYU’s Hemispheric Institute at the Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires (2007); the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego (2007); Houston’s FotoFest (2006), the Corcoran Gallery of Art (2004); the 50th Venice Biennale (2003); the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City (1999); and the Musée de l’Arles Antique at the 29ème Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles (1998). Similarly, her photographs are in numerous private and public collections, including the Art Museum of the Americas, District of Columbia Art Bank, En Foco, Lehigh University, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
She received a MFA in Photography (1989) from The George Washington University and an AB in French Literature (1983), cum laude, from Georgetown University.