Kenyon College

Rania Matar (Lebanese American, b. 1964)


Born and raised in Lebanon, Rania Matar moved to the U.S. in 1984. Originally trained as an architect, she works full time as a photographer, and started teaching photography in 2009 through workshops for teenage girls in Palestinian refugee camps. Matar’s work has been widely exhibited in the U.S. and internationally, most recently at the MFA, Boston in She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers From Iran and the Arab World, which toured to the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; and the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington DC. Additionally, Matar has been featured in exhibitions at Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York; Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut; Galerie Eulenspiegel, Basel; Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany; Sharjah Art Museum; National Portrait Gallery in London, among others. She has won numerous awards and a mid-career retrospective of Matar’s work, In Her Image: Photographs by Rania Matar, is currently on view at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (December 2017–June 2018). Matar has published three books: L’Enfant-Femme (2016), award-winning A Girl and Her Room (2012), and Ordinary Lives (2009) and her images are in the permanent collections of several museums, institutions and private collections worldwide, including recent promised gifts to the Gund Gallery Collection from David Horvitz ’74 and Francie Bishop Good.


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