Muriel Hasbun’s expertise as an artist and as an educator focuses on issues of cultural identity and memory. 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.
A 2016 Artist in Residence at the Centro Cultural de España in San Salvador, Hasbun is the recipient of numerous distinctions, including: a CENTER Santa Fe’s 2017 Curator’s Choice award, a FY17 Artist Project Grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (2016), a Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Fellowship (2015), a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2014), the Howard Chapnick Grant of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund for laberinto projects (2014); Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards in Photography (2015 and 2012) and in Media (2008); a Museums Connect grant funded by the U.S. Department of State and the American Association of Museums (2011-12); an Escuela de Bellas Artes Artist in Residence in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (2010); the Corcoran’s Outstanding Creative Research Faculty Award (2007) and a Fulbright Scholar Grant (2006-2008).
Hasbun’s photo-based work has been internationally exhibited. Venues include: the American University Museum (2016, 2008); Centro Cultural de España in San Salvador (2016, 2015, 2006); Smithsonian American Art Museum (2013, 2011); the Maier Museum of Art (2012); Light Work and Mexican Cultural Institute (2011); the MAC-Dallas and the Michael Mazzeo Gallery (2010); 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, El Museo del Barrio, En Foco, Lehigh University, Smithsonian American Art Museum, University of Texas-Austin and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
Building upon her socially engaged art and teaching practice, Muriel Hasbun is the founder and director of laberinto projects, a transnational, cultural memory initiative that fosters contemporary art practices, social inclusion and dialogue in El Salvador and its diaspora, through exhibitions, art education, artist residencies and community engagement. She is also professor emerita at the GWU Corcoran School of Arts & Design. Previsously, she was professor and chair of photography at the Corcoran College of Art + Design.
Hasbun received a MFA in Photography (1989) from George Washington University where she studied with Ray K. Metzker (1987-88). She earned an AB in French Literature (1983), cum laude, from Georgetown University.