The Middle East Institute Art Gallery | Louder Than Hearts: Women Photographers from the Arab World and Iran

Fri, May 10 2024 — Fri, October 4 2024

Farah (In her Burnt Car), Abey, Lebanon (2020) from Where Do I Go? Fifty Years Later series 28.8 x 36 in. Courtesy of Rania Matar


The Middle East Institute (MEI) Arts and Culture Center, in partnership with Tribe, a non-profit publication and platform focused on documenting photography, film, and video from the Arab world, presents Louder Than Hearts: Women Photographers from the Arab World and Iran on display at the MEI Art Gallery at 1763 N Street NW, Washington DC from May 9, 2024 – October 4, 2024. The gallery is free and open to the public M-F from 10am – 5pm.

Curated by award-winning photographer Rania Matar, the exhibit features leading Egyptian, Iranian, Jordanian, Lebanese, Palestinian, Saudi and Yemeni photographers who showcase deeply personal projects that underscore the unique experiences of women from the Middle East navigating lives shaped by the region’s social and political conditions.

Show highlights include Magnum photographer Newsha Tavakolian who explores Kurdish women fighters who battled ISIS; Jordanian photographer Tanja Habjouqa whose series Occupied Pleasures looks at the daily lives of Palestinian women under occupation; and curator Rania Matar whose series Where Do I Go? Fifty Years Later looks at the impact of Lebanon’s civil war and its aftermath on women’s lives.

The title of the exhibition is adopted from a poetry collection on love and loss by Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck. The works on display show women living in defiance of the state and cultural norms, challenging misconceptions and stereotypes, while owning their own narratives.

Participating artists include: Rehaf Al Batniji, Tasneem Alsultan, Thana Faroq, Tanya Habjouqa, Shiva Khademi, Heba Khalifa, Safaa Khatib, Rania Matar, Newsha Tavakolian, Carmen Yahchouchi.

1763 N St NW, Washington DC
Lyne Sneige,
Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm