Originally trained as an architect at Cornell University, Rania Matar has studied documentary photography at NESOP and currently works full-time as a freelance photojournalist and editorial photographer. Matar has exhibited at venues such as the South End Open Studios and the Cambridge Art Association. In 2004, she was named one of the Top Photographers in the Portraits and People category of Maine Photographic Workshops’ prestigious Golden Light Awards. This spring, she will show a selection from her refugee series at the Boston Public Library’s South End Branch (March 28-May 15, 2005).
Featured online will be work from an ongoing project focusing the camp culture and worsening humanitarian conditions of the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. An estimated 360,000 Palestinian refugees live in 12 camps around Lebanon, but are not integrated into the larger society, remaining tragically, permanently temporary. Through her thoughtfully and beautifully composed images, she attempts to speak to the inner life of these provisional cities and grant her sitters individuality and dignity. Atmosphere is key in Matar’s images. Light creates a soft, spiritual glow—cascading into corridors, piercing a make-shift doorway, or illuminating smoke in front of a young girl’s face. In choosing this selection, I have consciously alternated between the elders and the children, to enforce Matar’s hope—that these children will someday know what lies beyond the camp’s walls.
- Leslie K. Brown, PRC Curator
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