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

1997 Muriel Hasbun Born: San Salvador, El Salvador 1961 gelatin silver print image: 17 5/8 x 13 3/4 in. (44.7 x 35 cm) sheet: 19 7/8 x 15 7/8 in. (50.5 x 40.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Moore © 1997, Muriel Hasbun 2005.3.5 Not currently on view

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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.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013


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