X post facto (5.6), from the series X post facto (équis anónimo)
2009, printed 2013 Muriel Hasbun Born: San Salvador, El Salvador 1961 inkjet print image: 40 1/2 x 31 1/2 in. (102.9 x 80.0 cm) sheet: 44 x 35 1/2 in. (111.8 x 90.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist in memory of her parents, Janine Janowski and Antonio Hasbun Z. © 2009, Muriel Hasbun 2013.33 Not currently on view
Born in El Salvador to a French mother with a Polish Jewish background and a father whose Palestinian Christian parents settled in Central America shortly before World War I, Hasbun has focused on issues of identity and memory throughout her career. The X post facto (équis anónimo) series is based on an archive of x-rays Hasbun discovered in her father’s office. As a dentist, he was often asked to use his archive to identify bodies of the disappeared, victims of the violence of civil war, sometimes members of his own family. For Hasbun, her re-imagined x-ray photographs, made by enlarging and reprinting the original negatives, are documents turned into metaphors of complex lives and social histories.
A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013
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