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

  • Muriel Hasbun, El altar de mi bisabuelo/ My Great Grandfather's Altar, from the series Santos y sombras/ Saints and Shadows, 1997, gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1997, Muriel Hasbun, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Moore, 2005.3.5

Exhibition Label
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

Title
El altar de mi bisabuelo/ My Great Grandfather's Altar, from the series Santos y sombras/ Saints and Shadows
Artist
Date
1997
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
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)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Moore

Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – other – candlestick
  • Object – written matter – book
  • Object – other – crucifix
  • Still life – art object – photograph
Object Number
2005.3.5
Palette
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