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Art in Dialogue: Muriel Hasbun – Constructing Identity

March 19 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM


Muriel Hasbun’s talk will address how she has constructed her sense of identity through her multimedia work, and created community spaces for individuals to inscribe their migration stories and memories of home.  A descendant of Salvadoran and Palestinian Christians on her paternal side and Polish and French Jews on her maternal side, Hasbun grew up in El Salvador. She left El Salvador at the beginning of the civil war, and eventually settled in Washington, DC, where she has worked as an artist and professor of photography for 35 years. Her work delves into themes of home and displacement, hybridity, loss, and intergenerational trauma.

Lecture offered in the context of Assistant Prof. Florencia San Martín’s course Latin American Art in partnership with the Lehigh Latin American and Latino Studies department.

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Muriel Hasbun is an artist and educator whose work focuses on issues of cultural identity, migration, and memory issues. Distinctions include a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Howard Chapnick Grant, Fulbright Scholar Grant, and representing El Salvador in the 50th Venice Biennale. Building upon her socially engaged art and teaching practice, Hasbun is the founder and director of laberinto projects, an arts, education, and cultural memory initiative. Her work has been exhibited and collected internationally in institutions including Smithsonian American Art Museum, Rencontres d’Arles, FotoFest, Corcoran Gallery of Art, American University Museum, Art Museum of the Americas, Museo del Barrio, Lehigh University, University of Texas, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Her International Center of Photography 2023 survey exhibition Muriel Hasbun: Tracing Terruño was lauded as a “must see” by the New York Times, Hyperallergic, Latina, the WSJ and photograph magazine.  Visit Muriel Hasbun’s website for more information.


Art in Dialogue is a series of interdisciplinary conversations between members of the university and the wider community – reflecting the ways in which their work is dynamically engaged with other fields of inquiry.


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