'Watching You, Watching Me' explores the intersection of photography and surveillance, seeking projects that use documentary photography and photo-based approaches to explore the culture, concept, mechanisms, and consequences of surveillance. It will examine the theme of surveillance within a global context, as part of an ever-expanding culture of mass suspicion. We will explore how photography has been used—both today and in the past—as an instrument of surveillance, as well as a tool to document, expose, and challenge its negative effects.
'Watching You, Watching Me' will be the first thematic exhibition presented as part of the Open Society Foundations’ Moving Walls exhibition series. Since 1998, Moving Walls has showcased over 175 photographers in 21 group exhibitions that align with the Open Society Foundations’ mission to advance human rights and social justice. Moving Walls is exhibited online and at the Open Society Foundations’ offices in New York, Washington, D.C., and London.
The applicants are encouraged to interpret the theme broadly. Potential topics might include: documenting the impact and mechanisms of electronic and physical surveillance; discriminatory policing practices as a form of surveillance that conflicts with civil liberties; and photo-based counter-surveillance and surveillance tactics employed by artists, activists, and citizens to hold government and corporations accountable for their actions. A wide range of photo-based approaches, including documentary photography, conceptual documentary, archival images, curated or aggregated projects, and projects that use photography and/or associated metadata as the basis for information art is welcomed. Projects may be contemporary, or include historical material.
The exhibition is designed as a platform for photographers/curators to engage the public and Open Society staff on the issues depicted. Moving Walls participants will adhere to all production deadlines and travel to New York from October 27-31 to attend the opening reception (October 29) and participate in related programming and events. Travel cost reimbursement/coverage will be provided.
Deadline: Thursday, May 1, 2014, 5pm EST (Eastern Standard Time).
More details and the application instructions HERE