Image: 71.1 x 91.4 cm (28 x 36 in.)
Gift of Friends of Photography 2019.45
Edition: ed. 6/7
Matar was photographing Clara’s two sisters when she spotted their younger sibling and offered to shoot her so she wouldn’t feel left out.
When Rania Matar started to photograph Clara, independently assumed the pose of an odalisque—a recumbent female figure used in Western art as an emblem of exoticism and female sensuality. This photograph is part of Matar’s series L’Enfant-Femme (2011–16). That French expression describes the fleeting preteen and early teen stage when a girl starts to become a woman.
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