Moving Walls

Portrait of a Bangladeshi hijra woman

    Shahria Sharmin’s portrait series on Bangladeshi hijras—who identify as either “third gender” or transgender—is a poetic reflection on their hopes and dreams as they navigate their lives in Bangladesh and India.

    © Shahria Sharmin

    A Nigerian romance novelist sits at her window

      Glenna Gordon’s Diagram of the Heart presents an intimate view of a small but significant group of Northern Nigerian women authors of romance-focused littattafan soyyaya, meaning “love literature” in the Hausa language.

      © Glenna Gordon

      A man sits on the stairs of a deserted building

        Dionysis Kouris depicts North African migrants living in limbo inside the once preeminent, now abandoned Columbia Records building in Athens, Greece.

        © Dionysis Kouris

        Two men sitting next to man looking at cell phone

          Liam Maloney features imagery from an abandoned slaughterhouse in Akkar, Lebanon, where 16 Syrian families seek refuge from conflict, shown alongside text messages they send to their loved ones, who are under siege in Homs.

          © Liam Maloney

          A building on Magnolia Plantation in Louisiana, United States

            From the cotton plantations of central Louisiana, all the way north to the U.S.–Canadian border, Michna-Bales envisions one possible journey along the Underground Railroad through the eyes of those who made the journey.

            © Jeanine Michna-Bales

            Highlights from Past Exhibits

            Interior of abandoned office, with Greek map on wall.
            Moving Walls 21
            Nikos Pilos
            A pair of worn of children shoes
            Moving Walls 21
            Shannon Jensen
            Couple with hand on the stomach
            Moving Walls 18
            Samantha Box

            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 23 group exhibitions that align with the Open Society Foundations’ mission to advance human rights and social justice.

            Are You a Photographer?

            Please check back for details on the next call for proposals for Moving Walls.

            Plan a Visit

            Moving Walls 23: Journeys will be open free of charge to the public from October 22, 2015, to May 13, 2016.