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 FY17 Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County Artist Project Grant, 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, 2012) and in Media (2008); a Museums Connect grant funded by the U.S. Department of State and the American Association of Museums (2011-2012); 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: PINTA Miami and Civilian Art Projects (2016); 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, Mexican Cultural Institute (2011); the MAC-Dallas and Michael Mazzeo Gallery (2010); NYU’s Hemispheric Institute at the Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires (2007); Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego (2007); Houston’s FotoFest (2006), Corcoran Gallery of Art (2004); 50th Venice Biennale (2003); Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City (1999); 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, Smithsonian American Art Museum, University of Texas-Austin and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
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.
Most recently, Muriel Hasbun was Professor and Program Head of Photography at the Corcoran School of Arts & Design at GWU. She is now Professor Emeritus.
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.