Rania Matar was born and raised in Lebanon and moved to the U.S. 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. She teaches photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She also teaches photography in the summers to teenage girls in Lebanon's refugee camps with the assistance of non-governmental organizations and regularly offers talks, class visits and lectures at museums, galleries, schools and colleges in the US and abroad.
Matar's work focuses mainly on girls and women. Earlier projects recorded the lives of women and children in the Middle East, and over the past three years she has completed A Girl and Her Room and started a new project L'Enfant-Femme. Her work has won several awards, has been featured in numerous publications, and exhibited widely in the U.S. and internationally. Her images are in the permanent collections of several museums worldwide.
Her first book titled Ordinary Lives was released October 2009, published by the Quantuck Lane Press and distributed by W.W. Norton. Rania's latest monograph, A Girl and Her Room, published by Umbrage Editions was released in May 2012.
- Carroll and Sons Gallery, Boston MA
- Schneider Gallery, Chicago IL
- Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut Lebanon
- Sana Gallery, Singapore and Southeast Asia
- East Wing Contemporary, Dubai UAE and Doha Qatar
- Photo-Eye Gallery: Photographer's Showcase
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- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA
- Museum of Fine Arts, Houston TX
- Worcester Museum of Art, Worcester MA
- Portland Art Museum, Portland OR
- De Cordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln MA
- Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham MA
- Kresge Art Museum, Lansing MI
- Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach FL
- "The Art of War" Collection by Ms. Anne Wilkes Tucker
- The Al Thani Private Collection, Qatar
- The Samawi Private Collection, Dubai
- Thomas Kellner Gallery Collection, Germany
- Numerous private collections