Chronology

 
1964 Born, Beirut, Lebanon
   
1984 Moved from Lebanon to the United States and transferred from the American University of Beirut to Cornell to study Architecture, and minor in Art.
   
1987 Graduated from Cornell with a degree in Architecture. Moved to Boston and started working as an architect in a design firm.
   
2002 Started working full time as a fine art and documentary photographer.
   
2005 Workshop in Oaxaca, Mexico with Constantine Manos and Stella Johnson.
   
2006 Got stuck in the war in Lebanon with my kids. After coming back to the US, I went back to Lebanon to photograph the aftermath.
   
2007 Ordinary Lives won first Prize at the Photographers' Biennial at the Danforth Museum of Art, and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship.
   
2008 Selected as one of the 100 Photographers, by Women in Photography International.
   
2008 Finalist for the James and Audrey Foster award with an exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.
   
2009 "Ordinary Lives" with a text by Anthony Shadid was published by the Quantuck Lane Press.
   
2009 The new body of work "A Girl and her Room", photographing teenage girls in their private spaces emerged as a project.
   
2011 A Girl and Her Room received many awards including A Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship Grant and the Legacy Award at the Griffin Museum of Photography. It was widely exhibited in the US and internationally and published in numerous magazines.
   
2011 I started the new body of work - still in progress - La Femme-Enfant.
   
2011 Teacher at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
   
2012 A Girl and Her Room is released in the spring, published by Umbrage Editions with essays by Susan Minot and Anne Tucker.
   
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Awards

 
2011 Legacy Award 2011, Griffin Museum of Photography
   
2011 First Prize Winner - Off the Wall, Danforth Museum of Art
   
2011 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship Grant, Boston, MA
   
2011 PDN Magazine Photo Annual
   
2011 Finalist European Publishers Award for Photography
   
2010 Honorable Mention UNICEF Picture of the Year Award, Germany
   
2010 Honorable Mention - Project Competition Award, CENTER, Santa Fe
   
2010 Honorable Mention - Curator's Choice Award, CENTER, Santa Fe
   
2010 3rd Prize Winner, International Art Exhibition of the Lebanese Diaspora, Beirut
   
2010 Second Place Winner: Aftermath, Aftermath of War in Lebanon, Px3 Aftermath, Prix de la Photographie Paris
   
2010 First Place: Best Photo Essay the 2009 Ippies Award:, New York Community Media Alliance
   
2009 Honorable Mention, Lens Culture
   
2009 Honorable Mention, The Photo Review
   
2009 Honorable Mention, Singular Image, CENTER
   
2008 Honorable Mention, Berenice Abboot Prize, Julia Dean Workshops
   
2008 Honorable Mention, Prix de la Photographie, Px3 The Human Condition
   
2008 Finalist James and Audrey Foster Award, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Boston
   
2007 Best of Show, The Center for Fine Art Photograhy, Fort Collins, CO
   
2007 First Place, Women in Photography International
   
2007 Purchase Prize, New England Photographers' Biennial, Framingham, MA
   
2007 Grant, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Boston, MA
   
2007 Portfolio Spotlight Award, B&W Magazine
   
2007 First Place, Photojournalism Category, Women in Photography International
   
2007 Second Place, Juried Competition, Texas Photographic Society
   
2006 Honorable Mention, Silver Eye Center for Photography Fellowship Competition
   
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Solo Exhibitions

 
2013 A Girl and Her Room, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany
   
2013 Ordinary Lives: Women from the Middle East, Sana Gallery, Singapore, Singapore
   
2013 L'Enfant-Femme, Carroll and Sons, Boston, MA
   
2012 A Girl and Her Room, Leica Gallery, Solms, Germany
   
2012 A Girl and Her Room, Leica Gallery, Warsaw Poland
   
2012 A Girl and Her Room, The Foster Gallery, Dedham, MA
   
2012 A Girl and Her Room, Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut
   
2012 A Girl and Her Room, Umbrage Gallery, New York, NY
   
2012 A Girl and Her Room, SouthEast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL
   
2012 A Girl and Her Room, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland OR
   
2011 A Girl and Her Room, De Santos Gallery, Houston, TX
   
2011 A Girl and Her Room, The Qattan Foundation, London, London
   
2010 A Girl and her Room, Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA
   
2010 In-Between: Portraits of Teenagers, Schneider Gallery, Chicago, IL
   
2009 Lebanon at the Crossroads, Alliance Francaise/French Library, Boston, MA
   
2009 Ordinary Lives, The Mosaic Rooms Gallery, London, UK
   
2009 Ordinary Lives, Lost Memories, The Gallery at Mt Ida College, Newton MA
   
2009 Ordinary Lives and Abandoned Spaces, Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut, Lebanon
   
2009 Ordinary Lives, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
   
2008 The Veil, Council for Foreign Relations, New York, NY
   
2008 The Veil, Center for Contemporary Arts, Abilene TX
   
2008 Women of Islam, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago IL
   
2008 Contrapuntal Lines, Koppelman Gallery, Aidekman Art Center, TUFTS University, Medford, MA
   
2008 Ordinary Lives, Lost Memories, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Boston, MA
   
2008 Lebanon at the Crossroads, Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA
   
2007 Lebanon at the Crossroads, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI
   
2007 Forgotten People, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR
   
2007 The Veil, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburg, PA
   
2007 The Veil, Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
   
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Group Exhibitions

 
2013 A Girl and Her Room, UNICEF picture of the year award, Fotokina Photo Festival, Cologne, Germany
   
2013 She Who Tells a Story Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA
   
2012 Inside the Outsider, Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta GA
   
2012 Women on The Verge: Women Photographers from the Middle East,, The Empty Quarter Gallery, Dubai
   
2012 Boston Artists, Flash Forward Festival, Boston, MA
   
2011 REBIRTH, Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut Lebanon
   
2011 American Life, curated by Robert Morton, Lishui China Photofestival, China
   
2011 Photo National 2011, curated by Brian Clamp, Maine University Museum of Art, Bangor, ME
   
2011 Teenagers: Portraits of Identity and Expression, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
   
2011 Exposure 2011, curated by Whitney Johnson, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA
   
2011 17th Juried Exhibition, curated by Debra Klomp - Winner Legacy Award, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
   
2011 Off the Wall, curated by Susan Stoops, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
   
2011 Motherland, curated by Marc Prust, Fotografia, Rome Photofestival, Rome, Italy
   
2010 Juried Exhibit, Darren Ching Juror, Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR
   
2010 I-95 Triennial Invitational Exhibition,, Maine University Museum of Art, Maine
   
2010 International Art of the Lebanese Diaspora, Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut Lebanon
   
2010 Prix de la Photographie Px3 Winners, Galerie Dupont, Paris, France
   
2010 Critical Mass 2009 Winners Exhibit, Juror Andy Adams, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle WA
   
2009 Best of Show: The Photo Review, Juror Ms Lelsey Martin, The University of the Arts, GALLERY 1401, Philadelphia
   
2009 Anthology: Recent Works, Aquisitions, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL
   
2009 Man Life Circulations, Manege, St Petersburgh Photo Festival, St Petersburgh, Russia
   
2009 The Puirsuit of Happiness, Noorderlicht Photofestival, The Netherlands
   
2009 New England Photographer's Biennial, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
   
2009 Best of Show: The Photo Review, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
   
2009 27th Anniversary Membership Exhibition, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
   
2008 The Human Condition, Prix de la Photographie Px3, Farmani Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
   
2007 Photograph of Children, Permanent Collection, De Cordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
   
2007 Moving Walls International, Espace SD, Moving Walls OSI, Beirut, Lebanon
   
2007 Act of Faith, Noorderlicht Photo Festival, The Netherlands
   
2006 Secunda Bienal Argentina de Fotografia Documental, Museo de Bellas Artes, Tucuman, Argentina
   
2006 Meeting with the Middle East, Aleppo, 9th International Photo Gathering, Aleppo, Syria
   
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Collections

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX
Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon
Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing, Michigan
Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL
De Cordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
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Bibliography

A Girl and Her Room. Rania Matar Photographer, Susan Minot and Anne Tucker Writers. Umbrage Editions, New York, NY, 2012 (photo-eye Cat# ZE832)
 
Ordinary Lives. Rania Matar. The Quantuck Lane Press, New York, 2009 (photo-eye Cat# NT265)
 
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Education

 
1984 - 1987 Cornell University, Architecture Degree with Fine Arts Minor
 
2000 - 2003 New England School of Photography, Numerous Photography Workshops
 
2005 - 2005 Maine Photographic Workshops, Street Photography and Documentary Workshops
 




Favorite Photography Books

Exils, Josef Koudelka, (photo-eye Cat# CF040)
 
Here and There, Helen Levitt, (photo-eye Cat# PY078H)
 
Immediate Family, Sally Mann, (photo-eye Cat# AP270)
 
People of the 20th Century, August Sanders, (photo-eye Cat# AB253)
 
It's Complicated, Robin Bowman, (photo-eye Cat# ZD183H)
 



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