I began investigating my family's history in the early 1990s in an effort to confront the "Other" within me. Through my photo-based work, I explore notions of territory, memory, and home. I collect the voices buried deep within my diasporic self, and I confront the resulting amalgam of my identity. Through an intergenerational, transnational, and transcultural lens, I craft a language that expresses a shared humanity, while erasing the borders that maintain our "Otherness."
Trace is an embodied response to the ripple effect of violence in the world, running through four generations of my family. Faced with the outbreak of war, persecution, and/or religious intolerance, members of my family either were caught (and murdered), hid from danger, and/or fled their countries of origin. Daughter of a Palestinian-Salvadoran Christian and a Polish- French Jew, now living in the U.S., I rescue the otherwise silent voices of my family, and I try to understand the emotional repercussions of events that I myself did not live through but unquestionably carry within.
Excerpt from her essay in the FOTOFEST 2006 catalogue.
MURIEL HASBUN Trace
Trace. Faced with the outbreak of war, persecution, and/or religious intolerance, Hasbun’s family members either were caught (and murdered), hid from danger, and/or fled their countries of origin. Daughter of a Palestinian/Salvadorian Christian and a Polish/French Jew now living in the United States, Hasbun rescues the otherwise silent voices of her family through images of old family photographs appearing as ghosts intertwined with other images.
M.F.A., The George Washington University, 1989; A.B. Georgetown University, 1983. Exhibitions: The Corcoran Gallery of Art (2004); 50th Venice Biennale (2003); Noorderlicht Photofestival - Fries Museum (2002); Bienal Internacional de Fotografía -Centro de la Imagen (1999); 29ème Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie - Musée de l’Arles Antiques (1998). Awards: four Individual Artist Fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts/NEA and the 2001 Janice Goldsten Community Artists Program Grant. Collections: Art Museum of the Americas, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Lehigh University, Smithsonian American Art Museum, The George Washington University, and numerous private collections. Faculty and Coordinator of Fine Art Photography at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC.