Call for Visual Artists: Imaging Inequality

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Global Research Programme on Inequality (GRIP) warmly invites visual artists from across the world to submit their proposals for our “Imaging Inequality” project.  


Inequality, often perceived narrowly as economic differences and reduced to notions of poverty, has multiple dimensions and assumes many faces. It can entail not only differences between levels of wealth, but it can also include variances between the social status of groups; imbalances in access to education, health, justice; unequal capacity for individuals and groups to influence political decision-making processes; discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, race and religion; unevenness in access to natural resources and benefits from their exploitation; exposure to pollution and risks; as well as differences in access and contribution to types of knowledge.


GRIP, being an interdisciplinary and experimental research programme, examines the different understandings of inequality in various contexts and works to illuminate its many forms and shapes. The aim of the Imaging Inequality project is thus to explore inequality through visual materials. 


Imaging Inequality project  

The project aims to explore various dimensions of inequality by engaging with visual artists to reflect and illustrate different perceptions, representations, and visualizations of inequality in specific contexts.  


Through the Imaging Inequality project, we will engage up to five visual artists to produce visual material on inequality (photography, drawings, illustrations, etc.) as described in their submitted proposals. Upon the finalization of their work, GRIP will purchase rights to use this visual material for an amount of 500 EUR. The produced visual material will be featured and published on GRIP webpage as illustrations for our articles, as well as exhibited at the University of Bergen at relevant events, be used in our annual reports, newsletters and social media, and some selected pieces may also be promoted in publications and journals that GRIP is cooperating with. When using the selected material, the visual artist will be credited. Those selected will also retain copyright over their own material and may re-use this in other contexts as they wish. 


Who can apply?  

The call is open for all visual artists including photographers, visual anthropologists, illustrators, comic artists and others who feel they fit the description in any way. There are no limitations regarding age, background or country of origin.


The participants will be chosen by the strength of their applications and the overall diversity of the Imaging Inequality project.  


Successful applicants, results and fees  

All interested parties can submit their proposals by the 10th of January. Thereafter a committee consisting of inequality scholars and visual artists will select up to five successful applicants and invite them to develop their projects. The applicants will be informed about the committee’s decision by the end of January 2022 


The successful applicants will be offered a chance to produce the proposed visual material along with a short description of the approach taken and reflections made on the imaging of inequality. The final output – 5 photographs or an equivalent amount of other visual material with a 500-word description must be submitted to GRIP by the 15th of April. 


Once the material is finalized and accepted, GRIP will purchase the rights to use the material for the amount of EUR 500 per artist. The copyright will remain with the artist.  


How to apply?

If you are interested in participating, please fill out the proposal submission form in the link below
Submission Form: Imaging Inequality


Submission must include: 

  • A short description of the project idea and your approach that also includes information on the planned output/visual material that you wish to create (1 page max). 
  • A link to your portfolio or a WeTransfer link to a 10-15 image portfolio (no larger than 30MB) illustrating your previous work.
  • A short CV (1 page max). 


We are looking forward to your submission!


For any inquiries regarding the project and submissions don’t hesitate to contact us.   


The call has been updated with new details and deadlines.