Asian American Arts Alliance

Grant Opportunity: Moving Walls 24: Exhibition & Grant - The Open Society Photography Project

Deadline: April 14, 2017

The Open Society Documentary Photography Project is soliciting submissions for a new joint exhibition and grant opportunity that engages with ideas of resistance and embraces the role and agency of artists themselves in shaping their societies. Selected projects will be exhibited in the next installment of their ongoing Moving Walls exhibition series, opening in October 2017 at the Open Society Foundations–New York. Selected artists will also receive a grant of $20,000–$30,000 to support ongoing or future work on these themes.

Ideal candidates are photo-based artists whose goal is to resist, question, and/or affirm, not merely to illustrate or document negative impacts as a neutral observer. 

The Open Society Documentary Photography Project invites work about work that engages with topics of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation/expression, religion, nationality, and immigration status from a variety of perspectives. Applicants are encouraged to interpret these themes broadly.

A wide range of photo- and image-based approaches are welcome. This may include documentary photography, conceptual documentary, archival images, curated or aggregated projects, social practice, video art, interactive media, and projects that use photography and/or associated metadata as the basis for information art. Projects may be contemporary, or include historical material.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Open Society Documentary Photography Project are seeking photographers and artists who bring expertise and new insight to an issue; who demonstrate a high level of artistic ability or excellence; and who have the skills, track record, and capacity to realize the proposed grant project.
  • Applicants must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to visual activism or resistance through their past and ongoing work, and must have worked on at least 2 projects related to these themes.
  • Projects considered for exhibition may be part of a larger, ongoing body of work, but the Moving Walls exhibit will be curated from work that already exists (funds will not be provided to shoot new work specifically for the exhibition).
  • Projects considered for the grant may be part of a larger, ongoing body of work, or may be a new body of work related to the broader themes of the exhibit. 

Ineligibility Criteria

Projects that include lobbying activities will not be funded. Please carefully review the tax law lobbying rules available in the Download Files section before submitting an application.


Applications must be submitted through their online application form by Friday, April 14, 2017, 5:00 p.m. EST. For a detailed list of questions in the submission form, see pages 8-10.

If you have questions, please contact the Documentary Photography Project at +1-212-547-6909, or (include the subject line: “Moving Walls 24”).

To learn more, please visit here

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