Rania Matar

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Personal information

Title: 
Photographer, Architect

Contact information (work)

Organization/Institution: 
Rania Matar Photography
Address: 
143 Tappan Str., Brookline, MA 02445
Country: 
USA
Landline: 
1 617 538 2256 & 961 3 382347
Fax: 
1 617 4230872
Work email address: 
rania@raniamatar.com

Education

Professional courses in photography, 2000-2003, New England School of Photography, USA.
Professional course in photography, 2005, Maine Media Workshops, Mexico.
Bachelor degree, Architecture, 1984 - 1987, Cornell University, USA.
Bachelor degree, Architecture, 1982 - 1984, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
Baccalaureate (French and Lebanese), 1967-1982, Collège Protestant Français, Lebanon.

Areas of Expertise

Architecture
Art
Photography
Social Issues
Languages: 
Arabic
French
English
Spanish

Work history

Freelance Photographer, 2000-Present, Rania Matar Photography.

Photography Visiting Lecturer, 2004-Present, Tufts University, Harvard University, Institute of Contemporary Arts Boston, Michigan State University, Chicago Cultural Center.

Photography Exhibitor, 2004-Present, Colleges, Museums, Galleries and Cultural Centers in the US and internationally.

Freelance architect, 1994-2000.

Architect and Designer, 1987-1994, Schwartz/Silver Architects (USA).

Honorary office and memberships

Contributing Photographer at the Photographic Resource Center, Boston, 2004 - present.

Contributing and exhibiting photographer and lecturer at the Griffin Museum of Photography, 2004 - present.

Member photographer of the Texas Photographic Society, 2005 - present.

Productions

Publications highlights: 
  • Matar, R. (2009). Ordinary lives. New York: Quantuck Lane Press.
Major achievements: 
  • Finalist for the 2008 James and Audrey Foster Award, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, 2008.
  • Selected of the 100 top distinguished woman photographers of all times by Women in Photography International, 2007.
Exhibitions, Lectures, & Performances: 
  • Violence Transformed [Digital display and Exhibition], Traveling Exhibit in the Boston area, 2009.
  • The Forgotten People [Exhibition], Koppelman Gallery, Aidekman Arts Center, Tufts University, 2008.
  • Women of Islam [Exhibition], Michigan Avenue Exhibitions, 2008.
  • The Looking Glass [Group exhibit], Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh PA, 2007.
  • The Veil [Solo exhibition], MIT Simmons Hall, Cambridge MA, 2006.
  • A Forgotten Population [Solo exhibition], UNESCO palace, Beirut, Lebanon, 2005.

Awards and Distinctions

Artist Grant in Photography from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, 2007.