Rania Matar, Orly and Ruth, 2020, from the series Across the Window: Portraits During COVID-19 (2020–ongoing). Archival pigment print on baryta paper, 28 4/5 × 36 inches (73.2 × 91.4 cm). Acquired through the generosity of Jean-François and Nathalie Ducrest. Courtesy of the artist and Robert Klein Gallery. © Rania Matar
Ruth Erickson, Mannion Family Curator, chats virtually with Rania Matar about the artist’s current Across Windows series of portraits taken in and around Boston during COVID-19. Hear more about Matar’s process for making art during an ongoing pandemic, an example of which is included in i’m yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times.
Born in Lebanon and based in Boston, Matar explores issues of personal and collective identity primarily through photographs of adolescence and womanhood. A professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and 2018 Guggenheim Fellow, Matar regularly teaches and lectures across the U.S. and abroad, has published several books, and has shown in museums including the Cleveland Museum of Art, where she had a mid-career retrospective in 2018.
The Artist’s Voice: Rania Matar is made possible, in part, by The Ronni Casty Lecture Fund and the Bridgitt and Bruce Evans Public Program Fund.