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Offer: Call for Proposals: Moving Walls 18 Documentary Photography Exhibition

The Open Society Institute invites photographers and artists to submit a proposal and completed body of work for consideration in the Moving Walls 18 group exhibition.

Moving Walls is an exhibition series that features in-depth and nuanced explorations of human rights and social issues. Thematically linked to OSI's mission, Moving Walls is exhibited at OSI’s offices in New York and Washington, DC and includes seven discrete bodies of work.

Since its inception in 1998, Moving Walls has featured over 100 photographers whose work addresses a variety of social justice and human rights issues that coincide with OSI's mission.

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. We will accept any genre of photography that is documentary in nature and is not staged or manipulated. Priority will be given to work that addresses issues and geographic regions of concern to OSI. OSI does not discriminate based on any characteristics that may be protected by applicable law.

Listed below are some topics that are focus areas for OSI and about which we are interested in receiving submissions.

  • Migration-related issues
  • International LGBTQI issues
  • Muslim communities in Europe
  • Women in post-conflict countries
  • Pre-trial detention (international)
  • 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
  • Transgender individuals in the United States
  • Detention of immigrants in the United States
  • Youth movements, especially political participation

Seven portfolios will be selected based on the quality of the images, the project’s relevance to OSI, and the photographer’s ability to portray a social justice or human rights issue in a visually compelling, unique, and respectful way.

Moreover, Moving Walls values work by photographers who have a long-term investment in a community or issue. Photographers working in their home countries, women, emerging artists, and people of color are also encouraged to apply.

Emerging Photographer Travel Grant
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.

Friday, June 11, 2010, 5pm EST (Eastern Standard Time)

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