Born and raised in Lebanon, Rania Matar moved to the U.S. in 1984. Originally trained as an architect at Cornell University, she studied photography at New England School of Photography and Maine Photographic Workshops. She currently works full time on her personal photography and teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and at the University of Southern Florida.
Matar’s work has been widely exhibited in the US and internationally most recently at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as part of She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and The Arab World, and in solo exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston where she was finalist for the prestigious Foster Award, at Carroll and Sons Art Gallery Boston, Southeast Museum of Photography Florida, Blue Sky Gallery in Portland Oregon, Galerie Janine Rubeiz in Beirut, Sana Gallery in Singapore, Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg Germany, Leica Gallery in Solms Germany and Fotofest 2014 in Houston.
Notable exhibits in 2014 include The Middle East Revealed: A Female Perspective at Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York; Ordinary Lives at Arab-American Museum, Dearborn Michigan; Women of the Middle East at Toot Tung Art Gallery, Bangkok Thailand and Alliance Francaise de Singapour; The Other and Me at Sharjah Art Museum, and Art 14 London.
Her images are in the permanent collections of several museums, institutions and private collections worldwide.
Matar has won numerous awards, including 2011 Legacy Award at the Griffin Museum of Photography, 2011 and 2007 Massachusetts Cultural Council artist fellowship, first place at the New England Photographer Biennial and Women in Photography International; and honorable mentions at 2010 UNICEF Picture of the Year Award, Lens Culture Exposure International, Silver Eye Center for Photography Fellowship, and CENTER.
Matar published two books:
A Girl and Her Room
, 2012 selected as one of the best photo books of the year by PDN,
Photo-Eye, British Journal of Photography, Feature Shoot and Le Journal de la Photographie. Ordinary Lives
, 2009 with an essay by Pulitzer Prize winner, the late Anthony Shadid also
selected as a best book of the year by Photo-Eye.
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