Rania Matar

November 1, 2012 - December 2, 2012

Shannon 21, Boston MA
2010
Pigment Print
28x42"

Image © Rania Matar

Ellice, Jamaica Plain, MA
2010
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Image © Rania Matar

Jess, Jamaica Plain, MA
2010
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Image © Rania Matar

Becca G, Winchester MA
2011
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Image © Rania Matar

Maddie Chloe, Cornwall, NY
2010
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Image © Rania Matar

Arielle, Westwood, MA
2011
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28x42"

Image © Rania Matar

Becca P, Brookline, MA
2009
Pigment Print
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Image © Rania Matar

Mimi, Winchester, MA
2011
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28x42"

Image © Rania Matar

Danielle, Jamaica Plain, MA
2010
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Image © Rania Matar

Kate H, Boston, MA
2010
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Image © Rania Matar

Hiba, Shatila Palestinian Refugee Camp, Beirut
2010
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28x42"

Image © Rania Matar

Stephanie, Beirut, Lebanon
2010
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Image © Rania Matar

Christilla, Rabieh, Lebanon
2010
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28x42"

Image © Rania Matar

Mara, Boston, MA
2009
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Image © Rania Matar

Elham, Shatila Palestinian Refugee
2010
Pigment Print
28x42"

Image © Rania Matar

Siena, Brookline, MA
2009
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Image © Rania Matar

Anna F, Winchester, MA
2009
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28x42"

Image © Rania Matar

Lubna, Beirut, Lebanon
2010
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28x42"

Image © Rania Matar

Brianna, Winchester, MA
2009
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28x42"

Image © Rania Matar

Reem, Doha, Lebanon
2010
Pigment Print
28x42"

Image © Rania Matar

Rocio, Dorchester, MA
2010
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28x42"

Image © Rania Matar

Karla, Cambridge, MA
2011
Pigment Print
28x42"

Image © Rania Matar

Brittany, Boston, MA
2010
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Image © Rania Matar

Raissa, Medford, MA
2009
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28x42"

Image © Rania Matar

Lilly, Brookline, MA
2009
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Image © Rania Matar

Emma, Brookline, MA
2009
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Image © Rania Matar

Rania Matar

A Girl and Her Room

What began as a personal investigation by Rania Matar to understand her own daughter became a broader investigation of a young girl’s transition through adolescence to womanhood.

In her series, “A Girl and Her Room,” Matar’s portraits of teenage girls from the United States and countries in the Middle East offer an insider’s perspective of not just who these young women are, but also the physical spaces that prove to be extensions of their identities. Matar explains, “As soon as the girl was in her own surrounding, I could almost see the ‘real’ person. She was amongst her stuff, in her comfort zone; she could just be herself and she just fit in there, as if the room was an extension of her and she was an extension of her room.”

“I initially started this work focusing on teenage girls in the United States and eventually expanded the project to include girls from the two worlds I am most familiar with, the two worlds I experienced myself as a teen and a young twenty year old: the United States and the Middle East. This is how this project became very personal to me. I became fascinated with the similar issues girls at that age face, regardless of culture, religion and background, as they learn to deal with all the pressures that arise as they become consciously aware of the surrounding world wherever this may be.”

Rania Matar was born and raised in Lebanon and moved to the US in 1984. She studied photography at the New England School of Photography and the Maine Photographic Workshops. Matar has been featured in numerous publications, and has exhibited widely in the US and internationally. She has won numerous awards, including the Top 100 Distinguished Women Photographers by Women in Photography, and was a finalist for the Foster Award at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. She teaches photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and in refugee camps in Lebanon.