The FotoFest Biennial 2022 central exhibition, If I Had a Hammer, considers the ways artists utilize images to unpack the ideological underpinnings that inspire collective cultural movements around the globe. Together, the twenty-three included artists propose alternative techniques of seeing and engaging with the world, working with both conventional and new media to shed light on the systems that encourage social theories and political imaginaries to become dogma at the click of a shutter or tap of a button.
If I Had a Hammer presents the work of twenty-three artists, living and dead, working from around the world. It is a continuation of FotoFest’s 39-year engagement with art and ideas, offering informed, engaged, and often new perspectives. If I Had a Hammer is but the latest project in this vein, following a rich history in which FotoFest has presented significant themes such as the threat(s) posed by climate change, conflict, water, and the global refugee crisis, as well as developments in photography and new media art emanating from Africa, the Arab region, China, Eastern Europe, India, Korea, Latin America, Russia, and each region’s respective diasporas.
The artists and collectives featured in the FotoFest Biennial 2022 central exhibition and this book include:
Chow and Lin
Elaine W. Ho
Ho Rui An
Ryan Patrick Krueger
Reynier Leyva Novo
Fred Schmidt-Arenales (in collaboration with David Ramírez Cotón, Daniel Hernández-Salazar, Camilla Juárez, and Jorge de León)
Jonathan David Smyth
Design: HvADesign, New York
Managing editors: Steven Evans, Max Fields and Amy Sadao
Format: 16 x 21 cm. (portrait)
296 pp with approx 170 photos in full colour