Diana Matar

Diana Matar

  • Role: Judge
  • Job Title: Winner of DBACE Art Award 2008
  • Categories: Art & Photography
  • Years: 2016

Diana Matar’s photography looks at history, memory and state sponsored violence. She won the Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award for Fine Art in 2008 when she graduated from the Royal College. She has since been the recipient of the The Arts Council of England Individual Artist Grant twice, the International Fund for Documentary Photography, and been nominated for Prix Pictet in 2010 and again in 2015. Matar’s most recent work, Evidence, was published as a monograph by Schilt Publishing in November 2014 and was chosen by New York Times photography critic Teju Cole as one of two best books of the year. It was listed as one of the best photography books of the year by the New Yorker, Telegraph and Independent. Matar has exhibited at Tate Modern London 2014,2015; Museum Folkswang Essen, Germany, 2015; Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden, Germany, 2015; the Goeun Museum of Photography, South Korea, 2015; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France, 2015-2016; and Fotofest Biennial, Houston, USA, 2016. Her work is held in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, The Santa Barbara Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Deutsche Bank Collection, George Eastman House, The Harry Ransom Center, The Bedford Museum, Michigan State University and numerous private collections. She is currently working on a project entitled Wild- Wild- West which looks at the relationship between landscape and state sponsored violence in the Western United States.

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