Rania Stephan


Rania Stephan’s (Lebanese, b. 1960) first solo exhibition at a New York museum will feature her latest work The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni (2011, 70 minutes). The elegiac appropriates footage of one of Egyptian cinema’s most revered stars, Soad Hosni, who from the 1960s into the 1990s embodied the modern Arab woman in all her complexity. Stephan’s montage of footage from VHS tapes, DVDs, and VCDs poetically reexamines a golden period of Egyptian cinema and evokes an enduring symbol of modern Arab womanhood. Rania Stephan is organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Director, MoMA PS1, and Chief Curator at Large, The Museum of Modern Art.