An Evening With Photographer Rania Matar

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“This project is about teenage girls and young women at a transitional time of their lives, alone in the privacy of their own personal space and surroundings.” –Rania Matar

Rania Matar discusses the images from her series A Girl In Her Room, which are currently on view in the exhibition She Who Tells a Story. These captivating photographs reveal coming-of-age experiences that not only reflect a particular cultural time and place, but speak to the universality of identity as well. Focusing on girls and women, Matar documents her life through the lives of those around her, emphasizing the personal and the mundane in an attempt to portray the universal within the personal.

Matar was born and raised in Lebanon and moved to the United States in 1984. Originally trained as an architect at the American University of Beirut and at Cornell University, she studied photography at the New England School of Photography and the Maine Photographic Workshops. Matar started teaching photography in 2009 and offered summer photography workshops to teenage girls in Lebanon's refugee camps with the assistance of non-governmental organizations. She teaches Personal Documentary Photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is currently a visiting artist and critic at the University of South Florida. This event is co-sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art.

Image: Alia, Beirut, Lebanon, Rania Matar, 2010; inkjet print; from the series A Girl and Her Room; courtesy of the artist and Carroll and Sons Gallery, Boston
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By: Carnegie Museum of Art

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