Muriel Hasbun; Documented: The Community Blackboard (A Face for the Dream of No More Borders); 2006

Full Circle: ARTtalk Panel

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

In conjunction with the exhibition Full Circle: 2018 CENTER Award Winners, join guest panelists for an evening of discussion about contemporary social and cultural documentary photography and the role that powerful visual images can play in creating a more just and equitable society.


Muriel Hasbun

Muriel Hasbun is one of the exhibiting artists in Full Circle. She has extensive expertise as an artist and an educator focusing on issues of cultural identity, migration and memory. Through an intergenerational, transnational and transcultural lens, Hasbun constructs contemporary narratives and establishes a space for dialogue where individual and collective memory spark new questions about identity and place. Building upon her career as a socially engaged artist and a photography professor, she is currently the founder and director of laberinto projects, a transnational, cultural memory initiative fostering contemporary art practices, social inclusion and dialogue in El Salvador and its U.S. diaspora. A 2016 Artist in Residence at the Centro Cultural de España in San Salvador, Hasbun is the recipient of numerous distinctions, including: a CENTER Santa Fe 2018 Producer’s Choice award, a CENTER Santa Fe’s 2017 Curator’s Choice award, a 2014 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, the Howard Chapnick Grant of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund for laberinto projects (2014); a Museums Connect grant of the U.S. Department of State and the American Association of Museums (2011-2012); an Escuela de Bellas Artes Artist in Residence in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (2010); and a Fulbright Scholar Grant (2006-2008) to name but a few of her accomplishments. For more information on Muriel Hasbun, visit her website at

Laura Pressley

Laura Pressley is the Executive Director of CENTER in Santa Fe. She directs one of the most effective outcome-driven programs for photographers in the world, CENTER's annual juried photographic portfolio review event, the Review Santa Fe Photo Festival. Founded in 1994, CENTER is not-for-profit public service organization that honors, supports, and provides opportunities to gifted and committed photographers. It is the aim of CENTER to help photographers identify their creative goals and accomplish them through feedback, support and opportunities. The annual programs include the Project Competition, the Choice Awards, Santa Fe Prize, Excellence in Teaching Award, Review LA, Review Santa Fe, Portfolio Bootcamp and the CENTER website. Public exhibitions, educational presentations and expositions of the work are held in conjunction with the Awards and Portfolio Reviews. For more information about Laura, see the excellent The Laura Pressley MIXTAPE at LENSCRATCH:

Christy Havranek

Christy Havranek is the Photo Director at HuffPost. With 17 plus years of experience in photography and digital media, she has previously worked in a variety of industries where each role centered on photography: Frommer’s Travel, NBCUniversal, Polo Ralph Lauren and Bloomsbury USA, among others. HuffPost licenses photo essays and assigns photographers to cover a variety of national and international topics — from breaking news to long-form enterprise pieces — which appear on our global platform. For an excellent behind the scenes interview with Christy Havranek see LensCulture’s:

Vikesh Kapoor

Vikesh Kapoor is an artist born in Sunset Pines, Pennsylvania. He is the recipient of CENTER’s 2018 Project Development Grant for his ongoing photo-based narrative, See You At Home. This project has received support from curators at National Portrait Gallery, SFMoMA and the Andy Warhol Museum. Selections from this body of work will exhibit at Aperture Foundation in April 2019. His photographs have been featured in The Guardian, Libération, The Boston Globe and Bullet Magazine, amongst others. Kapoor has studied with Kathy Moran of National Geographic, Alex Webb of Magnum Photos, Jim Estrin of The New York Times. He is currently a Masters Candidate in Photojournalism at Boston University. In 2013, Kapoor released his debut folk album, The Ballad of Willy Robbins, to critical acclaim. His songs have been highlighted by The New Yorker, The Guardian, Interview Magazine and Rolling Stone. Rough Trade awarded his debut one of the Best 100 Albums of the Year. In 2010, Kapoor had the distinction of performing an original song during Howard Zinn's memorial service alongside Noam Chomsky and prominent civil rights activists at Boston University. He resides in Los Angeles, California.

About ARTtalks

ARTtalks are talks led by visiting or exhibiting artists, scholars and practitioners. These talks provide deeper insight into creative practice, context for current exhibitions or contemporary issues shaping the world in which art is created, experienced and interpreted.

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