Moving Walls

Aerial photograph of border fence
Watching You, Watching Me

    Reflecting on personal privacy, surveillance, and contemporary warfare, Tomas van Houtryve uses a drone to create Blue Sky Days, aerial photographs of the very sorts of gatherings mentioned in foreign drone strike reports.

    © Tomas van Houtryve

    Surveillance camera operator seated inside a zeppelin, with ocean in background
    Watching You, Watching Me

      Julian Roeder’s Mission and Task highlights the border surveillance system EUROSUR, which connects all border control systems of individual European Union member states, allowing them to share and exchange information.

      © Julian Roeder

      Google Earth image of landscape with colored polygon pattern on right half of image
      Watching You, Watching Me

        Mishka Henner’s Dutch Landscapes consists of polygon-obscured landscapes made from Google Earth images of significant political, economic, and military locations that have been censored by the Dutch government.

        © Mishka Henner

        Children playing in grass
        Watching You, Watching Me

          Andrew Hammerand explores questions of surveillance and privacy in The New Town, a series of photographs that the artist made using a publicly accessible networked CCTV camera in an anonymous midwestern American town.

          © Andrew Hammerand

          Cut-out figure of man pasted onto rusted and graffiti-covered wall
          Watching You, Watching Me

            Paolo Cirio’s Street Ghosts takes appropriated imagery of people captured on Google Street View to create street installations placed at the very sites where they were originally photographed.

            © Paolo Cirio

            Composite image of photographs of buildings and storefronts
            Watching You, Watching Me

              Josh Begley’s Plain Sight draws on AP-released documents to create an installation of photographs, text, and maps used by the NYPD’s Demographics Unit in its surveillance of Muslim-affiliated businesses and institutions.

              © Josh Begley

              Colored bars created by composite grid of thousands of photographs.
              Watching You, Watching Me

                Hasan Elahi’s Thousand Little Brothers consists of nearly 32,000 photographs of mundane details from the artist’s daily life that he has sent to the FBI as part of a larger, ongoing self-surveillance project.

                © Hasan Elahi

                Four phones on table
                Watching You, Watching Me

                  Qaddafi Intelligence Room documents late Libyan dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi’s internet surveillance center and intelligence headquarters in Tripoli, just a few days after being abandoned when rebels stormed the capital.

                  © Edu Bayer

                  Man with fur coat and hat, wearing sunglasses
                  Watching You, Watching Me

                    Simon Menner presents images from the East German State Security Service archives to reflect on how photography was used by the Stasi as a tool to train spies, conduct secret home searches, and track people’s daily movements.

                    Courtesy Simon Menner/BStU

                    Three people wearing hooded sweatshirts seated at computers
                    Watching You, Watching Me

                      It’s Nothing Personal presents the dichotomy between the self-representation of global communications surveillance firms and the testimonies of those who are directly affected by their technologies.

                      © Mari Bastashevski

                      Highlights from Past Exhibits

                      Armchair and antennas on a rooftop, with cityscape in the background
                      Moving Walls 21
                      Mark Leong
                      A large group of Muslim men.
                      Moving Walls 19
                      Bharat Choudhary
                      Empty bed with blue wall.
                      Moving Walls 17
                      Mari Bastashevski
                      Tree with man and red flag.
                      Moving Walls 16
                      Tomas van Houtryve

                      Moving Walls is an annual documentary photography exhibition produced by the Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project. Moving Walls is exhibited at our offices in New York, London, and Washington, D.C., and includes five to seven discrete bodies of work.

                      Since 1998, the Moving Walls exhibition series has showcased nearly 200 photographers in 22 group exhibitions that align with the Open Society Foundations’ mission to advance human rights and social justice.

                      Are You a Photographer?

                      The Open Society Documentary Photography Project is soliciting proposals for our next exhibition, Moving Walls 23.

                      Plan a Visit

                      Moving Walls 22 is open free-of-charge to the public November 4, 2014–September 11, 2015.