Moving Walls Photographic Exhibition

Deadline: 1 April 2011 at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)
Open to: any emerging or veteran photographer who completed a body of work on a human rights or social justice issue
Grant: travel grant to attend the opening in New York and meet with local photo editors and relevant NGO staff

The Open Society Foundations invite photographers to submit a body of work for consideration in the Moving Walls 19 group exhibition.

This is an exhibition series that features in-depth and nuanced explorations of human rights and social issues.  Thematically linked to the Open Society Foundations mission, Moving Walls is exhibited at Open Society offices in New York and Washington, D.C., and includes seven discrete bodies of work.

Listed below are some topics that are focus areas for the Foundations and about which we are interested in receiving submissions:
* Muslim communities in Europe
* Women in post-conflict countries
* Global pretrial detention (not United States)
* Public health issues in Africa, including access to essential medicines, access to health care, palliative care
* Climate change
* Economic downturn in the United States, including the foreclosure crisis
* Images that reframe mainstream media representations of African American men and boys
* Detention of immigrants in the United States
* Youth movements, especially political participation in voter registration, policy reform efforts, public education
* Reconstruction and rebuilding in Haiti
* Physical and mental disabilities in Eastern Europe or Central Asia, focusing on integration or inclusion
* Political violence, especially in Latin America and Africa
* Elections in Uganda and Nigeria


Any emerging or veteran photographer who has completed a body of work on a human rights or social justice issue may apply for Moving Walls.


Online application
Please do not forget to submit the following materials:
1. application cover page
2. a project statement* (600 words maximum) describing the project you would like to exhibit at the Foundations;
3. a short narrative bio (250 words maximum) summarizing your previous work and experience;
4. your curriculum vitae;
5. 15-20 jpg images


To support the professional advancement of photographers who have not received much exposure, an additional travel grant will be provided to select Moving Walls photographers to attend the opening in New York and meet with local photo editors and relevant NGO staff.

Recipients must apply for the travel grant after being chosen for inclusion in the Moving Walls exhibition. The grant is subject to the applicant obtaining the necessary visa to the travel to the U.S.


Upon selection, photographers must submit a budget application for printing, drymounting, and other production costs. Once the budget is approved, participants will be responsible for working within this budget and must use Foundations-approved labs. Selected photographers will receive a $2,000 royalty payment.

When the exhibition tour is completed, photographers will receive the framed and matted work. The Foundations will cover the costs of returning work up to $750 for photographers based in the United States and $1250 internationally.

Time Line

* April 1, 2011: Deadline for submissions.
* early June 2011: Notification of participants begins.
* June-July 2011: Selected photographers meet with curators to plan their shows. Selected photographers invited to apply for the Emerging Photographer Travel Grant.
* July 2011: Deadline for selected photographers to submit detailed budgets and installation plans.
* August 2011: Deadline for submission of the following:
– artist’s statement, bio, captions, and other wall texts
– High resolution jpeg files of each exhibition image for use in exhibition-related printed materials and for inclusion on our website.
Recipients of the Emerging Photographer Travel Grants notified.
* September 2011: Deadline for photographers to have their completed prints delivered to the framer. Photographers are responsible for making these arrangements.
* December 2011: Opening reception


In case you have any questions, please contact Quito Ziegler at 1-212-547-6909 or [email protected].

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