Open Society Foundations Moving Walls 25: Exhibition and Fellowship 2018

Open Society Foundations Moving Walls 25: Exhibition and Fellowship 2018

Deadline: April 20, 2018

The Open Society Documentary Photography Project is accepting submissions for a new joint exhibition and fellowship opportunity focused on the topic of migration. They are especially interested in work that expands the boundaries of documentary photography and image-based art that comes from the perspective of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers themselves, or is made through sustained and meaningful collaboration with these communities.


Selected projects will be featured in the next installment of their ongoing Moving Walls exhibition series, opening in September 2018 at the Open Society Foundations—New York.

Selected artists will also receive a fellowship of $30,000–$60,000 to support ongoing or future work on the theme of migration.


  • They are seeking photographers, artists, and media makers who bring expertise and new insight to an issue; who demonstrate a high level of artistic ability or excellence; and who have the skills, passion, commitment, and capacity to realize the proposed grant project.
  • Applicants must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to themes relevant to migration through their past and ongoing work. In the application, they ask for examples of two past or current projects.
  • Projects considered for exhibition may be for works from a larger, ongoing project, but the Moving Walls exhibit will be curated from content that already exists (funds will not be provided to create new projects specifically for the exhibition).
  • Projects considered for the fellowship may be for continuing an ongoing body of work, or creating a new body of work related to the broader themes of the exhibit.

They invite proposals about work that engages with topics of migration, identity, belonging, and resilience from a variety of perspectives. They encourage applicants to interpret these themes broadly.

They welcome a wide range of photo- and image-based approaches, including documentary photography, conceptual photography, video art, video installation, social practice, archival or aggregated projects, interactive and emerging media (including virtual and augmented reality), and information art (using photography and/or associated data).


Applications must be submitted through the online application form by Friday, April 20, 2018, 4:59 p.m. EDT. For a detailed list of questions in the submission form, see pages 10–12.

For more information, visit Moving Walls 25.