Moving Walls

Moving Walls

Two girls sitting in a tree.
Here We Are
Visual Resistance and Reclaiming Narratives

    Combining photography with school book illustrations, Rahima Gambo reflects on students in northeastern Nigeria returning to their studies after their schools were attacked by Boko Haram.

    © Rahima Gambo

    Polaroid pictures with writing on them.
    Here We Are
    Visual Resistance and Reclaiming Narratives

      Reentry Think Tank creates artwork and other media by and for people reentering society after incarceration to redesign and advocate for services and policies that benefit their lives and communities.

      © Reentry Think Tank

      Dread Scott standing while being sprayed by high-pressure water jets.
      Here We Are
      Visual Resistance and Reclaiming Narratives

        Through video, photography, and performance, Dread Scott reflects on issues of policing and the struggle for freedom against repressive governments and inequitable economic, social, and political systems.

        © Dread Scott

        Two men laughing near a couch.
        Here We Are
        Visual Resistance and Reclaiming Narratives

          Eric Gyamfi's photographs are part of an ever-evolving journal on the lives of queer friends and couples in Ghana and reflects on their sexuality as only one of many other intersecting identities.

          © Eric Gyamfi

          A film frame with a man wearing glasses.
          Here We Are
          Visual Resistance and Reclaiming Narratives

            By scanning, layering, and manipulating photographs taken during Argentina's “Dirty War," Stephanie Mercedes offers an artistic intervention resisting a pending Argentine copyright bill that could hinder their public access.

            © Stephanie Mercedes

            Teepees superimposed over a man wearing a cowboy hat.
            Here We Are
            Visual Resistance and Reclaiming Narratives

              Daniella Zalcman's layered portrait series highlights the experiences of survivors of the Indigenous residential school system in Canada.

              © Daniella Zalcman

              Woman in a black and silver dress standing in front of an office backdrop.
              Here We Are
              Visual Resistance and Reclaiming Narratives

                Through portraiture and a composite video, Endia Beal highlights the personal and contemporary experiences of Black women working within corporate culture and environments.

                © Endia Beal

                Women at a protest, wearing shirts that say, "Justice for Erwiana."
                Here We Are
                Visual Resistance and Reclaiming Narratives

                  Xyza Cruz Bacani chronicles the daily lives and advocacy efforts of women in Hong Kong and New York who are labor migrants and have survived labor trafficking.

                  © Xyza Cruz Bacani

                  A woman standing in front of the U.S. flag.
                  Here We Are
                  Visual Resistance and Reclaiming Narratives

                    Ruddy Roye's portraits feature Black Americans—from Newark, New Jersey, to Memphis, Tennessee, and Ferguson, Missouri—for whom the very act of living is a form of resistance.

                    © Ruddy Roye

                    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 nine discrete bodies of work.

                    Since 1998, the Moving Walls exhibition series has showcased nearly 200 photographers in 24 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 24: Here We Are will be open free of charge to the public at the Open Society Foundations–New York from October 4, 2017, to July 20, 2018.