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Todos los santos II (Recuerdos)/ All the Saints II (Memories), from the series Santos y sombras/ Saints and Shadows

1992-1993 Muriel Hasbun Born: San Salvador, El Salvador 1961 gelatin silver print image: 13 5/8 x 18 1/4 in. (34.5 x 46.5 cm) sheet: 15 7/8 x 19 7/8 in. (40.3 x 50.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Moore © 1993, Muriel Hasbun 2005.3.1 Not currently on view

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Muriel Hasbun was born and raised in El Salvador; her Paris-born mother came from a Polish-Jewish family, and her father from a Palestinian Christian family that settled in El Salvador in the early twentieth century. Against this complex backdrop, her photographs remind us of the rich histories that families weave. Her series “Santos y Sombras” (Saints and Shadows) addresses issues of personal identity and her national, ethnic, and religious heritage, buried beneath generations of assimilation and emigration. Drawing on “found objects” and mementos of her parents and grandparents, Hasbun’s multi-layered images are a reflection of her complicated background.

Close to Home: Photographers and their Families, 2011


Ceremony - religion - confirmation

Portrait female

Religion - Christianity

Religion - saint

photography - photoprint


gelatin silver