Marwa Arsanios was born in Washington DC, USA in 1978. She currently lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon.
She obtained her MFA from Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London, UK (2007) and was a researcher in the fine art department at the Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, the Netherlands (2011-2012).
Her work has been featured in recent solo exhibitions at the What representations?, Witte de With, Rotterdam, the Netherland; Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon (Portugal) and Art in general, New York (USA), and in group exhibitions in London (UK), Beirut (Lebanon), Tokyo (Japan), Athens (Greece), Oxford (UK), Santiago de Chile (Chile), Rome (Italy), Paris (France), Damascus (Syria), Berlin (Germany), among other cities around the world. Her work was shown in international invents, among which the Venice Biennial, Future Generation Art Prize, Venice, Italy (2013); Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2011); Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece (2015); Home Works 5 and 6, Beirut, Lebanon (2013 and 2010); the Jerusalem Show, Jerusalem, Israel (2012); Art Dubai in the Bidoun Lounge Art Park, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2009); the Berlinale’s Forum Expanded, Berlin, Germany (2010). Her videos have been screened in several festivals and events such as the Rio de Janeiro film festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2010); the e-flux storefront in New York, USA; and at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France.
Marwa Arsanios is a founding member of the artistic organization and project space 98weeks Research Project that focuses its research on a new topic every 98 weeks. She is one of the organizers of the travelling project Platform Translation.
She won the Sharjah Art Foundation’s Production Programme grant in 2014, and the Pinchuk Future Generation special prize in 2012. She was also nominated for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize in 2012.
She has been granted the artist’s residency at the Arab Image Foundation (Beirut, Lebanon) for 2009, the research residency at the Tokyo Wonder Site (Tokyo, Japan) in 2010, and the three months residency at the Jan Van Eyck Academie (Maastricht, the Netherlands) in 2011.