Rania Matar

By Rania Matar

17 May 14 - 21 Jun 14

The Toot Yung Art Center is pleased to collaborate with the Sana Gallery Singapore to present for the first time in Thailand the photographic works of Lebanese born American based artist Rania Matar.

This exhibition proposes a selection of Matar’s work from three different series shot between 2005 and 2012; Ordinary Lives, Girl in Her Room and L’Enfant-Femme.
Matar’s work focuses mainly on girls and women. Earlier projects recorded the lives of women and children in the Middle East, and over the past three years she has been exploring age transitions of girls and women in the Middle East as well as in the USA.

Rania Matar was born and raised in Lebanon and moved to the U.S. in 1984. Originally trained as an architect at the American University of Beirut and Cornell University, she studied photography at the New England School of Photography and the Maine Photographic Workshops in Mexico. She teaches photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and in refugee camps in Lebanon.

Matar has won numerous awards, including the 2011 Legacy Award at the Griffin Museum of Photography, 2007 and 2011 Massachusetts Cultural Council artist fellowship, first place at the New England Photographer Biennial, Women in Photography International, and the Prix de la Photographie Paris. She has accumulated honorable mentions at the 2010 UNICEF Picture of the Year Award, the 2010 Lens Culture Exposure International, the Silver Eye Center for Photography Fellowship, CENTER and the Photo Review. She was selected at one of the Top 100 Distinguished Women Photographers by Women in Photography, and was finalist for the distinguished Foster Award at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Her images are in the permanent collections of several museums worldwide. A Girl and Her Room, chosen as a top fifty winner in Critical Mass, is Matar’s second book published by Umbrage Editions with essays by Anne Tucker and Susan Minot. Her first book, Ordinary Lives, was published in 2009 by the Quantuck Lane Press with an essay by Anthony Shadid.

Exhibition Opening : Saturday 17 May 2014 at 7pm