Rania Matar's photographic work captures the everyday humanity that persists amidst catastrophic circumstances. She primarily focuses on the Middle East, especially its women and children. More recent projects examine refugee camps, the meaning of the veil and the aftermath of war.
For the ICA, Matar presents several black-and-white prints showing women and girls in states of repose, introspection, or in defiantly assertive stances, along with color work that reveals the haunting traces of domestic life found within chaos and rubble.
Born and raised in Lebanon, Rania Matar moved to the U.S. in 1984. She trained as an architect at Cornell University before studying photography at the New England School of Photography and the Maine Photographic Workshops. Matar's work has been exhibited at such venues as the Center for Contemporary Arts in Texas and the Koppelman Gallery at Tufts University. Her images are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Portland Art Museum, the DeCordova Museum and the Danforth Museum of Art. She has won several awards in photography, including a fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Matar lives in Brookline.