You may have read about Open Society Institute (OSI) in another article here on Vewd (Funding Opportunity for documentary photographers ). The OSI runs the Moving Walls project, which highlights the "obstacles – such as political oppression, economic instability, and racism – that society often erects and the struggles to tear those barriers down." For more information on this project (and how to apply for it), visit the OSI Web site.
Richards’ series documents the rights of the mentally ill and developmentally disabled and reveals how many are improperly treated in psychiatric facilities. Most of the facilities shown are in Mexico, Argentina, Kosovo, Armenia, Hungary, and Paraguay. Ultimately the residents are not given the level of care they need in order to thrive.
If you’ll be in the NYC area, perhaps for the ball drop, schedule some time to check out this exhibit!