X post facto (5.6), from the series X post facto (équis anónimo)

  • Muriel Hasbun, X post facto (5.6), from the series X post facto (équis anónimo), 2009, printed 2013, inkjet print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist in memory of her parents, Janine Janowski and Antonio Hasbun Z., 2013.33, © 2009, Muriel Hasbun

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
Title
X post facto (5.6), from the series X post facto (équis anónimo)
Artist
Date
2009, printed 2013
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
image: 40 1231 12 in. (102.980.0 cm) sheet: 4435 12 in. (111.890.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist in memory of her parents, Janine Janowski and Antonio Hasbun Z.

Mediums Description
inkjet print
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
2013.33
Palette
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