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Rania Stephan

Rania Stephan (b. Beirut) is an artist and filmmaker working with still and moving images. She has directed art videos and creative documentaries. Her documentaries give a personal and poetic perspective to political events. Archival material has been an underlying enquiry in her artistic work. Her most recent work investigates forgotten images and sounds that haunt the present. By juxtaposing them with new ones, she explores a diversity of meanings, triggering renewed narratives and emotions. Approaching images like an editor—part detective, part cinephile—she traces absence and remembrance originary to those images. Described as a contemporary classic, her first feature film, The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni (2011), was internationally acclaimed and won numerous prizes: Artist’s Prize: Sharjah Biennale 10; Renaud Victor Prize, FID Marseille International Cinema Festival; Best Filmmaker Award, Doha Tribeca Film Festival. Her second feature, In Fields of Words (2022), recently won Best Film Award at the Villa Medicis International Film Festival. She was recently appointed Associate Artist at the EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) in Paris France. Her artwork is represented by Marfa’ Gallery (Beirut).

Video Art, Documentary, Middle East
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