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Rania Matar, Invisible Children

September 15 - October 22, 2016

Rania Matar’s ongoing series, Invisible Children, documents young Syrian refugees on the streets of Beirut and third-generation Palestinian girls living in the refugee camps of Bourj el-Barajneh. Inspired by the artist’s frequent visits to the capital of Lebanon, many of these photographs depict Syrian children at work: selling red roses, carrying beat-up shoe-shining equipment, often camouflaging themselves with the graffiti they stand before.

Matar’s work often elevates mundane, everyday moments as a way of illuminating the universal within the personal. In documenting a population of young people living invisibly within a country unable to embrace them, Matar’s frank portraits seek to restore the singular identities of her subjects, intimating potential futures beyond the political crisis of their circumstance.

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