Photo by Rania Matar
From the Personal to the Universal: The Tools to Create Intimate Portraits with Rania Matar (Webinar)
- December 4, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am
As a Lebanese-born American artist and mother, Matar has dedicated her artistic practice to exploring both sides of her cultural background, cross-cultural experience, and personal narrative, in addressing issues of personal and collective identity, through photographing girls and women both in the United States where she lives and in the Middle East where she is from.
Throughout her work, and by making intimate portraits of girls and women, she seeks to focus on our essence, our physicality and on the commonalities that make us human. In this webinar, we will discuss her approach to different aspects of portraiture and delve into the process of working with people and collaborating intimately with them. We will discuss approaching potential subjects, establishing trust and developing a relationship with the sitter. We will review different components that come into play in creating a great portrait: light, texture, environment, background, placement of the subject in the frame, body language, expressions, and the importance – or not – of the gaze.
Rania Matar (http://www.raniamatar.com/) Rania Matar was born and raised in Lebanon and moved to the U.S. in 1984. As a Lebanese-born American artist and mother, her cross-cultural experience and personal narrative inform her photography.
Matar’s work has been widely exhibited in museums worldwide, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Carnegie Museum of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, and more. It is part of the permanent collections of several museums, institutions, and private collections. A mid-career retrospective of her work was recently on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and at the American University of Beirut Museum.
Matar received a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship, 2017 Mellon Foundation artist-in-residency grant, 2011 Legacy Award at the Griffin Museum of Photography, 2011 and 2007 Massachusetts Cultural Council artist fellowships. In 2008 she was a finalist for the Foster Award at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, with an accompanying solo exhibition.
She has published three books: L’Enfant-Femme, 2016; A Girl and Her Room, 2012; Ordinary Lives, 2009. She is currently working on her fourth book, SHE (2021), published by Radius Books.
Webinar – Online Learning Class via Zoom
This class is part of our Saturday “Webinar” series. These 90-minute online presentations, taught by leading leading professionals in the field, are designed to be informative and educational. A wide range of topics will be explored. Each webinar will end with Q&A from the audience.
A link for the Zoom webinar will be emailed to the prior to the start date. Please read the instructions included in the email. If you have additional questions please contact Kevin Weinstein or Janis McGavin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates: Saturday, December 4, 10-11:30 am PST
Skill/Experience Level: Open to all levels
Tuition: $45 Non-Members;$35 Members
Venue: Online Learning Class
This course will be meeting online via Zoom. We encourage you to install and test the software on your device prior to the class.