Born in Washington DC/USA.
Marwa Arsanios lives and works in Beirut/Lebanon. She obtained the Master of Fine Arts from University of the Arts, London in 2007 and was a researcher in the Fine Arts Department at the Jan Van Eyck Academie 2011 until 2012. She exhibited her artistic work in London, Beirut, Athens, Oxford, Lisbon, Santiago de Chile, Rome, Damascus and recently at NGBK, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, in Berlin and M HKA, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, in Antwerp. Furthermore her work was shown at Art Dubai in the Bidoun Lounge (Art Park 2009), at the Forum Expanded of the Berlinale (2010), at the Homeworks V and VI Forum in Beirut, at Tokyo Wonder Site, Institute of Contemporay Art and Cultural Exchange, in Tokyo (2011), the 12th Istanbul Biennale (2011), the Cornerhouse in Manchester (2012) and most recently at the Venice Biennale (Future Generation Art Prize). Her videos were screened at several festivals and events such as the Rio de Janeiro film festival in 2010, the e-flux storefront in New York, and at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
She has been nominated for the Pinchuk Future Generation Art Prize 2o12 and won the special prize. She was also nominated for the Sovereign Asien Art Prize in 2012.
In 2007 Arsanios founded 98weeks with Mirene Arsanios, a research project, artists’ organization and project space. It is conceived as a research project that shifts its attention to a new topic every 98 weeks. Focusing on artistic research, combining both theoretical and practical forms of inquiry, 98weeks’ projects take multiple forms such as workshops, community projects, seminars, reading groups, publications and exhibitions.
Marwa Arsanios is a fellow in cooperation with Künstlerhaus Stuttgart.