Lebanese-born, Arab-American photographer Rania Matar’s portraits of pre-teen girls from both countries are challenging, poignant, poetic and surprisingly universal. Photographing girls in the Middle East and the United States, Matar taps into a beauty that transcends place, background and religion. Candidly capturing her subjects at a critical juncture in the early stages of adolescence, Matar conveys the confluence of angst, sexuality and personhood that defines the progression from childhood into adulthood.

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