Born and raised in Lebanon, Rania Matar moved to the U.S. in 1984. Originally trained as an architect she currently works full time on her personal photography projects and teaches at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work focuses on women and girls in the U.S and in the Middle East, with an emphasis on identity and universality.
Matar’s work has been widely exhibited, most recently at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Carnegie Museum of Art, National Museum for Women in the Arts, Harn Museum of Art, Howard Greenberg Gallery, The Gund Gallery at Kenyon College, Tufts University Art Gallery, L’Institut Du Monde Arabe in Paris, East Wing Gallery in Dubai, Galerie Janine Rubeiz in Beirut, Galerie Eulenspiegel in Basel, Lehmbruck Museum in Germany, Sharjah Art Museum, and The National Portrait Gallery in London.
Matar has received several grants and awards including a 2017 Mellon Foundation artist-in-residency grant at The Gund Gallery at Kenyon College, a 2011 Legacy Award at the Griffin Museum of Photography, 2011 and 2007 Massachusetts Cultural Council artist fellowships, first place at the New England Photographers Biennial and Women in Photography International. In 2008 she was a finalist for the Foster Award at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, with an accompanying solo exhibition. Her work was recently selected as one of the 10 Remarkable Photographers to Discover at This Year’s AIPAD Fair.
A mid-career retrospective of Matar’s work is currently on view at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, in a solo exhibition In Her Image, December 2017 – June 2018.
Matar’s images are in the permanent collections of several museums, institutions and private collections worldwide.
She has published three books:
L’Enfant-Femme, 2016; A Girl and Her Room, 2012; Ordinary Lives, 2009.
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX: In Her Image: Photographs by Rania Matar, solo exhibition curated by Joy Jeehye Kim, December 2017 – June 2018
Fondation Boghossian – Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium: Instantanés d’Orient, December 2017 – February, 2018
Galerie Tanit, Beirut, Lebanon: Féminités Plurielles, February – April, 2018
Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, Georgia: The Future of America, curated by Rebecca Cochran, February – April 28, 2018
Newport Art Museum, Newport, Rhode Island: A Girl and Her Room, curated by Francine Weiss, May – August, 2018