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Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art

Nuestra América: la presencia latina en el arte estadounidense



¿Sólo una sombra? / Only a Shadow (Ester IV)?, from the series Santos y sombras / Saints and Shadows

Muriel Hasbun, 1993–94

gelatin silver print
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Moore, 2005.3.3
© 1994, Muriel Hasbun

copias a la gelatina de plata
Smithsonian American Art Museum, donación de Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Moore, 2005.3.3
© 1994, Muriel Hasbun



El altar de mi bisabuelo/ My Great Grandfather's Altar, from the series Santos y sombras / Saints and Shadows

Muriel Hasbun, 1997

gelatin silver print
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Moore, 2005.3.5
© 1997, Muriel Hasbun

copias a la gelatina de plata
Smithsonian American Art Museum, donación de Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Moore, 2005.3.5
© 1997, Muriel Hasbun



Hasbun captures pictures within pictures and overlays multiple exposures in one print to explore the events that compelled her family to migrate. Portraits arranged in an altar-like fashion memorialize relatives long gone. The central photo in one scene shows her great-grandfather in front of the Greek Orthodox altar he built in El Salvador after he fled there from Palestine. The other photograph seen here is an ethereal portrait of Ester, her Jewish great-aunt who survived the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.
Hasbun capta fotos dentro de fotos y superpone múltiples exposiciones en una sola copia para examinar los sucesos que obligaron a su familia a migrar. Las fotografías colocadas a manera de altar conmemoran a sus antepasados. Entre ellas, la foto central muestra a su bisabuelo frente al retablo ortodoxo griego que construyó en El Salvador después de huir de Palestina. La otra fotografía aquí exhibida es un retrato etéreo de Ester, su tía abuela judía, quien sobrevivió el campo de concentración Nazi en Auschwitz.






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