Quick Hit: A Girl and her Room

Photo of a girl in her room

Check out this great photo series by Rania Matar appropriately entitled “A Girl and her Room” featuring girls from Massachusetts to Beirut. From the project statement:

“I originally let the girls choose the place of their choice and was slowly welcomed into their bedrooms, an area that is theirs, that they can fully control, decorate, trash and be themselves in – within an outside world that is often intimidating. I spent time with each girl, so she was comfortable with me and was able to let down her guards, free of any preconception of what she would like to portray consciously. I was fascinated to discover a person on the cusp on becoming an adult, but desperately holding on to the child she just barely left behind. A person on the edge between two worlds, trying to come to terms with this transitional time in her life and adjust to the person she is becoming.”

And if you need to get the terrible taste of that Germany ad out of your mouth, take a look at her series of veiled and unveiled women in Lebanon. Beautiful.

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  1. Posted April 14, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    I love that. It reminds me of the scene in 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (one of my fave movies) when Joseph Gordon Levitt’s character asked Bianca if he could go see her room. She said no and explained that a girl’s bedroom is very private and would give any guy have an intimate peek into her psyche…

  2. Posted April 14, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    What’s with all these wistful waifs? They are very nicely done pictures, but there was something bothering me about them that I couldn’t quite put my finger on until I realized that a) they’re all thin girls and b) none of them are really smiling. I’d be interested to know what the artist was trying to say with those choices.

    • Posted April 18, 2011 at 9:50 am | Permalink

      I agree. That’s my main complaint. I love the concept, and many of the bedrooms were really interesting. But the majority of the girls were from the same state in the US, and were thin and white. And some of them were posed a little more provocatively than they needed to be. It was nice to see some girls from the Middle East, but otherwise I found the diversity a bit lacking.

      It just seems kind of like the photographer has the girls pose in the same way as the majority of fashion magazines do with women… If she didn’t have a portraits section, which focused on the girls, I’d say she wanted the rooms to draw the viewer’s attention and have the girls not be the focal point…

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