Rania Matar

Artist Biography

Rania Matar was born and raised in Lebanon and moved to the U.S. in 1984. As a Lebanese-born American artist and mother, her cross-cultural experience and personal narrative inform her photography.

Matar’s work has been widely exhibited in museums worldwide in solo and group exhibitions, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Carnegie Museum of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Rollins Museum of Art, Fotografiska, Institut du Monde Arabe, and more. It is part of the permanent collections of several museums, institutions, and private collections. A mid-career retrospective of her work was recently on view at Cleveland Museum of Art, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and the American University of Beirut Museum.

She currently has 2 solo museum exhibitions: “SHE” at the Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville, Alabama and “Oceans At My Door” at the Fitchburg Museum of Art in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Her images are currently also part of a traveling exhibition “Women Defining Women” about Women Artists from the Middle East at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Matar is currently a finalist for the Oskar Barnack Award 2023. She received several awards including: a 2022 Leica Women Foto Award, 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship, 2017 Mellon Foundation artist-in-residency grant, 2021 (and 2011, 2007) Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowships, and a 2011 Griffin Museum of Photography Legacy Award. She was a finalist for the Arnold New Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture, the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition with an exhibition at the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and for the Taylor Wessing Prize with an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. In 2008 she was a finalist for the Foster Award at the ICA/Boston, with an accompanying solo exhibition.

She published four books: SHE, 2021; L’Enfant-Femme, 2016; A Girl and Her Room, 2012; Ordinary Lives, 2009.

Rania Matar is represented by Galerie Tanit Beirut/Munich.

Exhibitions
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Paris Photo 2023

From November 9, 2023 to November 12, 2023

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PARIS PHOTO 2018

From November 8, 2018 to November 11, 2018

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Coups de Cœur
Collective Exhibition

From August 31, 2023 to September 22, 2023

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Paper Trail
50 years
Collective Exhibition

From November 23, 2022 to December 23, 2022

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PARIS PHOTO 2022

From November 10, 2022 to November 13, 2022

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15 Years, Crossed Perspectives
Collective Exhibition

From November 4, 2022 to January 7, 2023

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I Am One Acquainted With The Night
Collective Exhibition

From June 5, 2021 to September 25, 2021

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Two Shows
Rania Matar | Bongchull Shin

From December 12, 2018 to February 26, 2019

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She
Rania Matar

From April 12, 2018 to June 1, 2018

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Féminités Plurielles
Collective Exhibition

From February 8, 2018 to April 5, 2018

Selected Works
Lea, Beirut, Lebanon, 2019

She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water.

She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs.

‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against.
Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.

— ROMAN PAYNE, THE WANDERESS

From Rania Matar’s book SHE (2021)

Lea, Beirut, Lebanon, 2019
Rania Matar
Rania Matar, Lea, Beirut, Lebanon
Archival Pigment Print on Baryta Paper
2019
94 cm x 112 cm

She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water.

She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs.

‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against.
Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.

— ROMAN PAYNE, THE WANDERESS

From Rania Matar’s book SHE (2021)

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Rania Matar shortlisted for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award !
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"Galerie Tanit is happy to announce that Rania Matar’s series “50 Years Later” has been shortlisted for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award. “Born in Lebanon in 1964, the American photographer dedicates her series to the women of the country: images capturing their presence, creativity, strength, dignity and resilience are representative of the hopes, dreams and […]"
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Oceans at my Door
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