Photo Series Explores the Bedrooms of Girls in the Middle East & U.S.- BuzzFeed

rania matar has experienced life in lebanon and now life in boston. and she has done something really incredible with that experience. she has created a profound peek into the life of a teenage girl in each country by looking into one of her most sacred and personal spaces- her bedroom. and how amazingly similar & amazingly different they are! i was saddened by some of the faces of the young girls surrounded by magazine cut-outs of figures and faces that they clearly esteem highly, too highly. and that it happens in both places? is intriguing and telling. this exhibit will be on display in its entirety at stanford university at the She Who Tells A Story exhibit in January 2015. bravo, rania. thanks for sharing your experience and your beautiful creativity.

from buzzfeed:

This Photo Series Explores The Bedrooms Of Girls In The Middle East And U.S.

Rania Matar’s series, A Girl and Her Room bridges cultural gaps and highlights just how similar Middle Eastern and American adolescent girls are.posted on Oct. 6, 2014, at 11:04 p.m.

Stephanie, Beirut, Lebanon 2010 / Courtesy of the artist and Carroll and Sons Gallery, Boston

Originally from Lebanon and currently living in Boston, photographer Rania Matar found herself uniquely able to document the universal experiences that adolescent girls go through, regardless of geographic region.

In an interview with BuzzFeed, Matar discussed her inspiration for the series A Girl and Her Room, in which she primarily photographs Lebanese and American girls in their personal spaces, a place that she feels serves as an “extension of the girl.”

“They are so vulnerable at that age. They are trying to fit in … figure out who they are and how they want to present themselves to the world,” said Matar.

Matar noted that whether in a refugee camp or an apartment in Boston, the girls’ bedrooms are the one place they can make their own…



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