Clara, 8, Beirut, Lebanon

L'Enfant Femme

Clara, 8, Beirut, Lebanon

2012

Rania Matar

(Lebanese, 1964-)

Inkjet print

Image: 28.8 x 36 cm (11 5/16 x 14 3/16 in.)

Gift of Friends of Photography 2019.45

Edition: ed. 6/7

Location

Fun Fact

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.

Description

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.

See also
Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph
Medium: 
Inkjet print

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