FotoFest Biennial | “If I Had a Hammer” Symposium

FotoFest Biennial | If I Had a Hammer Symposium

The MFAH and FotoFest present a series of conversations in conjunction with If I Had a Hammer, the FotoFest Biennial 2022 central exhibition. This symposium brings together leading voices in art, music, theory, and writing to examine key issues explored by the artists in the exhibition.

Taking place over the course of two days—Saturday evening, October 8, and Sunday, October 9—the talks, panel discussions, and film screening address the ways in which photographs and visual media both reflect and inform social and political issues and movements.

• Tickets to the symposium are free with registration.
MFAH admission may be purchased separately.

Plan Your Visit
These events are held in Lynn Wyatt Theater in the Kinder Building. Seating is limited, available on a first-come, first-served basis.


  • Saturday, October 8, 6 p.m.
    “Photographic Archives and the Power of Narrative Control”
  • Sunday, October 9, 10:15 a.m.
    “Making Pictures out of Protest, Making Protest out of Pictures”
  • Sunday, October 9, 11:30 a.m.
    “Ghostly Shutter: Pictorial Personhood and (Im)permanence”
  • Sunday, October 9, 1:30 p.m.
    Film Screening
  • Sunday, October 9, 2:15 p.m.
    Closing Roundtable
  • See details about the speakers and topics here.

Safety Guidelines In the interest of your personal safety and community health, please observe all precautions set forth by the MFAH—learn more here.

Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services; Samuel H. Kress Foundation; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; Houston Junior Woman’s Club; Sharon G. Dies; Sterling-Turner Foundation; Susan Vaughan Foundation; and additional generous donors.


Nancy and Rich Kinder Building
5500 Main Street
Houston, TX 77004
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