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.
Hasbun, a 2014 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, is the recipient of numerous distinctions, including: 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 for a transnational project 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 Centro Cultural de España in San Salvador (2015); 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); 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, Smithsonian American Art Museum, University of Texas-Austin and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
Muriel Hasbun is Professor and Program Head of Photography at the Corcoran School of Arts & Design at GWU. She received a MFA in Photography (1989) from George Washington University and an AB in French Literature (1983), cum laude, from Georgetown University.