How does an artist respond to the horrors of war and the genocide of his or her people? Can art play a role in the fight for justice? These are key questions for understanding the work of Guatemalan photographer Daniel Hernandez-Salazar. Since the 1980s, Hernandez-Salazar has created both documentary and aesthetic works that confront the state-sponsored terrorism and mass killings of Guatemala's long civil war (1962-1996). His photographic polyptych (4-panel image) "Clarification" became the icon for the Recovery of Historical Memory project of the Archbishopric of Guatemala, as well as a rallying symbol for Guatemalans. Broadening his crusade for justice in the twenty-first century, Hernandez-Salazar is now also using the shouting angel of his polyptych (entitled "So That All Shall Know") to challenge the forgetting and/or erasure of painful history in many parts of the world, including Mexico, Japan, the United States, Canada, and Argentina.
So That All Shall Know is a powerful, comprehensive overview of the work of Daniel Hernandez-Salazar on recent Guatemalan history. Portfolios of images present his early photojournalistic work documenting the Guatemalan genocide; his Eros + Thanatos series that responds aesthetically to the destruction of war; and his Street Angel project, which uses his image "So That All Shall Know" to protest against injustice and historical forgetting around the world. Accompanying the images are bilingual English-Spanish essays by four scholars who discuss the development of Hernandez-Salazar's art in the context of contemporary photography, the social and political conditions that inspire his work, and the broader questions that arise when artists engage in social struggle.
Introduced by Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchu Tum, So That All Shall Know is a moving testament to the horrors of genocide and the power of art to give voice to the silenced and presence to the disappeared.
OSCAR IVAN MALDONADO has worked closely with Daniel Hernandez-Salazar on several cultural projects, including the concert "Cien campanas para la Paz" ("One hundred bells for peace"), which commemorated the first anniversary of the Guatemalan peace accords. A resident of Guatemala City, Maldonado is currently Senior Conservation Scientist at The Nature Conservancy.
Foreword: The Vantage Point of Memory / Prologo: El mirador de la memoria (Rigoberta Menchu Tum) Introduction / Presentacion (Oscar Ivan Maldonado) Angels, Conquests, and Memory / Angeles, conquistas y memoria (W. George Lovell) Portfolio: Daniel Hernandez-Salazar, Photojournalist / Daniel Hernandez-Salazar, fotoperiodista Icon of Memory / Icono para la memoria (Miguel Flores Castellanos) Portfolio: Eros + Thanatos Daniel Hernandez-Salazar, Postmodern Humanist / Daniel Hernandez-Salazar, un humanista posmoderno (Michael A. Weinstein) Portfolio: Memory of an Angel / Memoria de un angel Photography, Urban Space, and the Historical Memory of Atrocity: The Angel Series / Fotografia, espacio urbano y la memoria historica de la atrocidad: La serie del angel (Steven Hoelscher) Biographies / Biografias