Moving Walls 4

Moving Walls 4 features work by Chien-Chi Chang, John Cohen, Jan Dago, Vesna Pavlović, Joseph Rodriguez, and Alex Webb. This exhibit highlights the experiences of those living on the margins of society and profiles people and societies that are experiencing transition, facing uncertain futures, or taking part in the process of spurring personal or political change.

Street scene with a donkey.
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Alex Webb
A crowd cheering and waving flags at a political rally.
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Jan Dago
A teenage boy’s profile with two more viewed through a window.
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Joseph Rodriguez
A man eating on a fire escape.
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Chien-Chi Chang
Two groups of people in front of water and a landscape.
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John Cohen
A performer on a banner.
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Vesna Pavlović

Moving Walls 4

Open society is an elusive goal, an ideal no nation has reached. All erect barriers: political oppression, economic instability, racism, drug epidemics, and other walls. Yet even as walls are erected, there are people who are committed to bringing them down. As the name of the exhibition implies, Moving Walls is an artistic representation of this struggle.

The Fall 2000 exhibition features six artists whose work examines societies where these walls are being challenged. Chien-Chi Chang gives us a glimpse of the difficult life of Chinese-American immigrants in New York City. John Cohen examines the stratified society in Peru. Jan Dago documents the effects of political and economic change in Indonesia. Vesna Pavlović bears witness to a group of women in Yugoslavia as they rebuild their world after war and ethnic strife. Joseph Rodriguez introduces us to the lives of youthful offenders in the United States. Alex Webb's work is a portrait of Haiti, a nation wracked by dire poverty, a nearly non-existent formal economy, and a crumbling infrastructure.

These images remind us of the protracted and complex process of building open societies even as they reaffirm our faith and our commitment to traveling the long road.

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 over 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.