Lot 48
Rania Matar

Wafaa and Sanaa, Bourj El Barajneh Refugee Camp, Beirut Lebanon

2017/2019
Archival pigment print
13 x 16 inches
Signed on verso
Artist's proof
Donated by the artist
$1,000-2,000

Lebanese–born American artist and mother Rania Matar seeks to convey her cross–cultural experiences through her photographs. She has dedicated herself to exploring issues of personal and collective identity through photographing female adolescence and womanhood – both in the United States and in the Middle East. This image comes from the series She, an exploration of what it is like to be a girl and young woman today. Here we see two Syrian refugees, draped in beautiful traditional textiles. They are the ages of Matar’s daughters; the artist says, “they are leaving the cocoon of home, entering adulthood and facing a new reality they are often not prepared for.”

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