FotomotoPH, the premier photography festival in the country now on its second year, will be presenting 211 photos from the open call submissions it announced early in July. The open call submissions came from all over the Philippines and from other parts of the world, all tackling the given theme of “Home,” an especially rich subject following two years of people forced to create new lives within its boundaries.
From the wealth of submissions, the common subjects that came out include living conditions, lockdown scenes of working from home, Filipino household practices such as displaying religious iconography, the use of slippers, homes damaged by typhoons, nature taking over abandoned homes, and, well, plenty of hanging laundry.
According to the festival jury, composed of noted photographers in media and the arts, the perspectives are diverse, bold and insightful. The Fotomoto jury made selections with a criterion that considers more than just technical expertise; they also studied the storytelling value of each of the images.
Apart from the main exhibition, which features the best of the open call submissions, there are six special exhibitions. These feature the works of Katherine Jack, Jacob Maentz, Angela Silva, Jilson Tiu and MM Yu.
Maentz held conversations with indigenous people from all over the country for more than a decade, capturing the stories of the inextricable relationships between the land and its people. Meanwhile, Katherine Jack’s long term photographic project focuses on the people of Palawan and their intricate connection to the seas, its ecosystems and the climate that affects it. Jilson Tiu, for his part, brings us to the heart of his city with his series of street scenes that show the public’s struggle to commute home at day’s end.
Then there is MM Yu’s semi-autobiographical project which will give audiences a glimpse of grandmother’s home after it was twice looted, her documentation the final record of family heirlooms and personal possessions. Angela Silva uses the cameraless process called cyanotypes to tell stories of her diasporic life. She presents her work in alternative formats such as hanging fabric and artist books.
There is also a special tribute to Kidlat de Guia as part of a yearly tradition the festival is starting to honor a departed comrade in photography. The show will feature Kidlat’s woven strips of photographs taken in his native city of Baguio, composites of portraits and places that reflect the complexities and multiple contrasts that is the fabric of the Philippines.
The whole festival is designed to entice visitors to engage. There’s a lineup of talks, panel discussions, workshops, portfolio reviews, photo project presentations and a print fest that is free and open to the public.
Fotomoto’s 2022 edition opens on the 19th of November at the Parola UP Fine Arts Gallery, University of the Philippines Diliman. The festival runs until December 9, 2022.
The Fotomoto founders are Raena Abella Jes Aznar, E.S.L Chen, Tom Epperson, Stephanie Frondoso, Francisco Guerrero, Wawi Navarroza, Apa Ongpin, Neal Oshima, Sandra Palomar, Gio Panlilio, Jason Quibilan and Veejay Villafranca.
Here are the Fotomoto22: Home Exhibiting Artists:
Adia Pauline Lim
Amabelle Lorraine Piñon
Ann Maureen Cruz
Carmen del Prado
Charmie Y Siao
Claro Cortes IV
Ernie U. Sarmiento
Gerleen Razielle Sta. Maria
Jose Martin V. Singh
Mhygsz Gomez II
Mike Francis Garcia
Nicolas Jr Ledesma
Ralph Jon Wilmer Dollaga
Sharoll Mae Moldez
Victor Ralp Allen Aldover
Wence Albert Trajano