Call for Submissions – The Art of Resilience

The World Bank is pleased to open a Call for Submissions for “The Art of Resilience<>”. This exhibition will showcase how art can further the understanding and communication of disaster risk, and support resilience-building efforts. We are looking for any artist who is using their art help build society’s resilience to natural hazards and climate change risk.

Winning submissions will be showcased at a three-month long exhibition held at the World Bank Group<> Headquarters in Washington D.C. from October 2019, included in an exhibition catalogue, and several selected artists will be invited to participate in the launch. The exhibition will be viewed by thousands of members of staff, visiting government officials from around the world, and the general public. A selection of the exhibition will then travel to Singapore for the ten-year anniversary of the Understanding Risk community<> in May 2020, and possibly be exhibited in other locations around the world. Artists from developed countries will be included in potential selection for exhibitions beyond the October 2019 and for inclusion in the online database.

The deadline to apply is May 17, 2019 and all details can be found here<>. All mediums are accepted.


About the author

RANDY OLSON’s 27 National Geographic magazine projects have taken him to many countries in Africa, the Siberian Arctic, Abu Dhabi, American Samoa, Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Dubai, Guyana, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kamchatka, Newfoundland, Pakistan, Palmyra, Republic of Georgia, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, and the South Pacific.
National Geographic Society published a book of his work in their Masters of Photography series in January 2011. Olson was the 2003 Magazine Photographer of the Year in the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) competition, and was also awarded POYi’s 1992 Newspaper Photographer of the Year—one of only two photographers to win in both media in the largest photojournalism contest operating continuously since World War II. While working at The Pittsburgh Press, Olson received an Alicia Patterson Fellowship to support a seven-year project documenting a family with AIDS, and a Robert F. Kennedy Award for his story on problems with Section 8 housing. He was also awarded the Nikon Sabbatical and a grant from the National Archives to save the Pictures of the Year collection.
Melissa Farlow and Randy Olson are photojournalists in the documentary tradition. Their work has taken them to 50 countries over the past 20 years. Even though they are published in LIFE, GEO, Smithsonian and other magazines, they have primarily worked on 50 projects for the National Geographic Society. They normally work individually, but have co-produced National Geographic magazine stories on northern California, American national parks, and the Alps. They photographed the southern United States for a book by Collins Publishing and have collaborated on over 70 books by various publishers.