Kenyon College

Rania Matar (Lebanese American, b. 1964)


Rania Matar’s several series about Lebanon depict life after the numerous wars that country has endured. Whether in the refugee camps or the streets or suburbs of Beirut, Matar was “humbled by people’s resilience, kindness and hospitality.” Her series Ordinary Lives focuses mostly on people; What Remains concentrates on personal objects that are now debris in silent, broken homes. Despite everything her subjects have been through, Matar never loses sight of their humanity and dignity. In her series Invisible Children, Matar photographs the increasing number of Syrian refugee children on the streets of Beirut, “almost faceless and invisible to the locals,” giving them dignity and portraying their individuality. She lives in Boston and Beirut.



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