Through a presentation of their own work and a discussion with the audience, Stephanie Mercedes, Antonio McAfee, and Muriel Hasbun will explore the ethics of representing violence via photography.
Through radical justice, investigating copyright law and film photography Stephanie Mercedes hopes to restore missing violent histories, turning the archive into legend. Mercedes has a research based practice that intersects law and social justice. All of her work is in connection to the history of Argentine dictatorship (1976-1983). By building publically accessible photographic archives Mercedes hopes to restore silenced voices.
About the artists:
Stephanie Mercedes’ work constantly questions the purity of the documentary image, the singularity of memory, the purpose of the archive. Mercedes was a 2016 Art + Law Fellow and a 2017 AIM Bronx Museum Fellow. In 2017 Mercedes won the Light Works Grant, the Halcyon Art Lab Fellowship, and the VisArts Fellowship. Mercedes teaches: “How to Use Art as a Political Tool” and “Law as Form (and Why it Should be Female).” She lives and works across the Americas.
Antonio McAfee is a photographer raised and based in Baltimore, MD. He received his BFA in Fine Art Photography from the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Shortly after, he earned his MFA in Photography from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2011, he received a Post-Graduate Diploma in Art in Arts and Culture Management from the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa). His fascination with history, portraiture, and what makes photographs drives his activities.
McAfee has been featured in BmoreArt Magazine, The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Mission on Tenth published by California Institute of Integrated Studies, and catalogues published by the University of Pennsylvania and Corcoran College of Art and Design. He participated in residencies at Can Serrat (Spain) and Vermont Studio Center. Antonio was awarded Civil Society Institute Fellowship, Faculty Research and Development Grant from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Fulbright IIE Grant to Johannesburg, South Africa, Howard Silvertstein Photography Beijing, China Aboard Program, and Dedalus MFA Painting and Sculpture Fellowship. His work has been exhibited at the University of Maryland, College Park Stamp Gallery, George Washington University Gallery 102, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Civilian Art Projects, Flashpoint, Michael Steinberg Gallery, and Terrault Contemporary. Currently, Antonio is an instructor at Montgomery College.
Muriel Hasbun’s expertise as an artist and as an educator focuses on issues of cultural identity and memory, as well as on promoting cultural exchange. 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.
A Fulbright Scholar (2006-08), Hasbun is the recipient of numerous distinctions, including a U.S. Department of State and American Association of Museums’ Museums Connect grant (2011-12); Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards in Photography (2012) and Media (2008); an Escuela de Bellas Artes Artist in Residence in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (2010); and the Corcoran’s Outstanding Creative Research Faculty Award (2007).
Hasbun’s photo-based work has been internationally exhibited. Venues include: the Maier Museum of Art (2012); the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Light Work and Mexican Cultural Institute (2011); the MAC-Dallas and the Michael Mazzeo Gallery (2010); the American University Museum (2008); NYU’s Hemispheric Institute at the Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires and the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego (2007); Houston’s FotoFest (2006); the Corcoran Gallery of Art (2004); the 50th Venice Biennale (2003); the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City (1999); and the Musée de l’Arles Antique at the 29ème Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles (1998). Similarly, her photographs are in numerous private and public collections, including the Art Museum of the Americas, District of Columbia Art Bank, En Foco, Lehigh University, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
Muriel Hasbun is Chair of Photography and Associate Professor at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.
She received a MFA in Photography (1989) from The George Washington University and an AB in French Literature (1983), cum laude, from Georgetown University.