Lecture Date: Sunday, October 16, 4:00 pm; dinner at 6:00pm
Location: Spanish Ballroom Back Room
Muriel Hasbun, a native of El Salvador, has worked and taught in Washington, DC, for over twenty-five years. Her photographs and installations probe her own family history in search of identity, as they carefully and beautifully consider the overlap of past and present. Hasbun’s current project, si je meurs/if I die, engages with the archive and the artist’s own memories of her late mother, Janine Janowski, a promoter of contemporary art in El Salvador.
Hasbun was Professor and Program Head of Photography at the Corcoran School of Arts & Design at GWU, and she is the founder and director of laberinto projects in San Salvador. She has exhibited internationally and received many prestigious awards for her photography-based work.
Muriel Hasbun’s work is currently on display in Washington, DC, in the two-person exhibition, Muriel Hasbun and Caroline Lacey: Calling to You, at Civilian Art Projects until October 22.
Leslie Ureña is assistant curator of photographs at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Her work on Lewis Hine’s Ellis Island photographs grapples with issues of immigration and identity through the lens of photographic portraiture. Ureña has worked at the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the gallery TKG+ in Taipei, Taiwan.