Donor Name: The Open Society Foundation
Fund name: The Open Society Documentary Photography Project
Funding brief: The Open Society Documentary Photography Project is soliciting submissions for a new joint exhibition and grant opportunity that engages with ideas of resistance and embraces the role and agency of artists themselves in shaping our societies. Selected projects will be exhibited in the next installment of our ongoing Moving Walls exhibition series, opening in October 2017 at the Open Society Foundations–New York.
The donor invites proposals about work that engages with topics of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation/expression, religion, nationality, and immigration status from a variety of perspectives. The donor encourages applicants to interpret these themes broadly.
The donor welcomes a wide range of photo- and image-based approaches, including documentary photography, conceptual documentary, archival images, curated or aggregated projects, social practice, video art, interactive media, and projects that use photography and/or associated metadata as the basis for information art. Projects may be contemporary, or include historical material.
Project goals: Projects with the following goals will be considered: The building or fostering of:
● Visual and creative activism/resistance.
● Community participation, engagement, or a call to action around inclusivity, solidarity, and resisting the spread of hate.
● Photography and visual culture that values mutual understanding, honor, and respect.
Resistance to, or exposure of:
● Targeted attacks, profiling, discrimination, and structural inequities that endanger or criminalize individuals or groups on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation/expression, religion, nationality or citizenship status.
● Impacts of increasing racism, xenophobia, white supremacy, fascism, nationalism, populism, and religious or ethnic intolerance.
● Policies or structures with historical roots in racism/intolerance.
● Hate crimes statistics using images or data visualization.
● Stereotypical forms of visual representation that dehumanize, criminalize, and pathologize difference.
Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2017, 5:00 p.m. EST.
Funding details link: https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/moving-walls
Budget limit: Selected artists will also receive a grant of $20,000–$30,000 to support ongoing or future work on these themes.
Special Note: The exhibition: Open Society Foundations will enter into a contract with selected participants to cover the following:
● Printing/framing: We will cover costs (based on a pre-approved budget) to produce and frame/mount exhibition prints.
● $3000 royalty fee: The fee covers the exhibition at Open Society offices in NY and any additional venues, including but not limited to the Open Society office in Washington, D.C.
● Travel cost reimbursement/coverage: We will pay for reasonable airfare or ground transportation and cover the cost of reasonable accommodations (based on a preapproved budget for: 1) travel to New York City during the week of the final curation (May 21-27) and 2) attendance at the opening reception and related events (October 1-7).These dates are tentative and subject to change. Participating photographers are required to attend and are responsible for obtaining the necessary visa to travel to the United States. Visa fees incurred for this purpose will be reimbursed.
● Return shipment: Upon completion of exhibition tour, we will pay for artwork to be returned to photographers (standard shipment, uncrated).
The grant: Open Society Foundations will enter into a grant agreement with selected participants to cover the following:
● $20,000-30,000 grant: Funds may be used to cover project related expenses (including material costs, travel, and stipend) for implementation of any of the following phases of the project: production, exhibition, distribution, and/or audience engagement. The submitted budget should include the full scope of costs for project and indicate the specific portion of the budget to be covered by the grant. The final decision on financial support offered will be made by Open Society based on established internal practices and the value of similar grant awards.
Project start date: November 1, 2017
Project duration: N/A
Eligible organization: The donor is seeking photo-based artists whose goal is to resist, question, and/or affirm, not merely to illustrate or document negative impacts as a neutral observer.
● The donor is seeking photographers and artists who bring expertise and new insight to an issue; who demonstrate a high level of artistic ability or excellence; and who have the skills, track record, and capacity to realize the proposed grant project.
● Applicants must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to visual activism or resistance through their past and ongoing work, and must have worked on at least 2 projects related to these themes.
● Projects considered for exhibition may be part of a larger, ongoing body of work, but the Moving Walls exhibit will be curated from work that already exists (funds will not be provided to shoot new work specifically for the exhibition).
● Projects considered for the grant may be part of a larger, ongoing body of work, or may be a new body of work related to the broader themes of the exhibit.
● Projects that use photography or photo-based practices to reflect on the theme in a unique and compelling way.
● Grant proposals may be for any of the following phases of the project: production, exhibition, distribution, and audience engagement.
● Projects that include lobbying activities will not be funded. Please carefully review the tax law lobbying rules, which can be found in the Download Files section (https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/sites/default/files/tax-law-lobbying-rules-20120620_2.pdf )
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Other important link:
● Moving Walls 24: Exhibition & Grant: https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/sites/default/files/moving-walls-24-guidelines-20160317.pdf
● Tax Law Lobbying Rules: https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/sites/default/files/tax-law-lobbying-rules-20120620_2.pdf
● Moving Wall: http://www.movingwalls.org/
How to apply: Applications must be submitted through our online application form (http://osf.submittable.com/submit ).
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