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Open Society unveils 'Moving Walls 21' – Exploring the 'broader context' through photography

Jamun Mam, an elderly woman in her 70s from Iferi, walked "many" days to reach the border after months of displacement in Blue Nile. These are the shoes worn by refugees fleeing conflict in Sudanâs Blue Nile State. Thirty thousand men, women and children from Sudanâs Blue Nile State sought an end to nine months of terror and trauma when they crossed the border into neighboring South Sudan in June 2012, becoming refugees for the first time in their lives. They joined a population of 70,000 who preceded them in fleeing Khartoumâs deadly military campaign to crush the northern remnant of the Southern liberation movement. The journey, made perilous by the dearth of water and food as well as the risk of ambush and attack, required weeks of walking after months of internal displacement. Photograph taken by Shannon Jensen on June 24, 2012 at the "Kilo 18" temporary refugee site near Jamam, Upper Nile State, South Sudan. (Photo by Shannon Jensen/Reportage by Getty Images

Open Society unveils 'Moving Walls 21' – Exploring the 'broader context' through photography

'The winter 2014 installment of the Open Society Foundations’ documentary photography exhibition series comes at a time when photography is becoming a regular mode of information sharing for many throughout the world. The medium is in a constant state of expansion and redefinition as new tools and technologies emerge.
In this context, citizen and professional photographers alike are seizing on new opportunities, but are also grappling with how to tell distinct and meaningful stories. Amidst the constant and cacophonous stream of visual information, how can a person capture the attention of others for longer than it takes to digest a single Instagram or Snapchat image?
While eyewitness visual accounts uploaded and shared by ordinary citizens provide a wealth of first-hand information and personal perspective, what does a seasoned photographer add to our understanding of global events and injustices?

In contrast to the immediacy of images shared in real time, documentary photographers often commit to stories long term, creating narratives that have nuance and depth, and often challenge our assumptions or expand our knowledge. These stories explore the broader context and personal impact of global realities that we often only glimpse on the front page of a newspaper or a social media feed.
The photographers in Moving Walls 21 continue this tradition. Each considers how to visually represent an issue in a way that provides a new perspective on a story or place.' (Open Society Foundations)

'Moving Walls 21' features the work of: Shannon Jenson, Diana Markosian, Mark Leong, Nikos Pilos and João Pina. The exhibit is open to the public at Open Society Foundations–New York from January 28th - October 3rd.

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