September 14th, Daytona Beach: Rania Matar’s ” A Girl and Her Room” Opening Reception & Artist Talk

© 2012 Rania Matar

Southeast Museum of Photography
Opening Reception & Artist Talk by Rania Matar: A Girl and Her Room
Friday, September 14, 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm

Rania Matar has produced an exhibition and a book of unique and subtle power. Focusing on contemporary young women from vastly differing cultures in the United States and Lebanon, her project, A Girl and Her Room, reveals the complex lives of her subjects in the unique setting of the girls’ own rooms. Besides the expected cultural and economic differences and similarities that inevitably are drawn out using such an approach, these portraits of the girls and their bedrooms—reveal a dizzying array of personalities, dreams, hopes, wishes and frustrations in settings that are clearly expressions of the girls’ individual identities. The nuances shown in each room, and in the portrait of each young woman, reveal an acute photographer’s eye for telling detail.

Rania Matar started out this series quite modestly documenting the transition from childhood into adulthood of her own daughters and their friends through the turbulent teenage years. That most elusive of quarries: catching the metamorphosis of free spirited, complex, layered and multi-faceted personalities “mid-flight” each on their own unique journey to self and adulthood became Matar’s quest.”

The exhibition will be up September 14 – December 14, 2012.

Southeast Museum of Photography
1200 International Speedway Blvd (Building 1200)
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114  [map]

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