Visiting Artist Program

Rania Matar

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Rania Matar

From Personal to Universal: the Photography of Rania Matar

As a Lebanese-born American artist and mother, Matar has dedicated her photographic practice to exploring both sides of her cross-cultural experience, and personal narrative. Her work addresses issues of personal and collective identity, through photographs of girls and women in the United States where she lives and in the Middle East where she is from.

Throughout her work, she seeks to focus on our essence, our physicality, and on the commonalities that make us human, to emphasize underlying similarities rather than apparent differences. Her photographs reveal the beauty in our shared humanity – in the universal as well as personal experience of women encountering the challenges of growing up regardless of background.

Matar is a recipient of the 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship, and a 2022 Leica Women Foto Project Award.

Portrait by Helena Goessens.