Marwa Arsanios was born in Washington DC, USA in 1978. She currently lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon.
Marwa Arsanios is an artist, filmmaker and researcher who reconsiders politics of the mid-twentieth century from a contemporary perspective, with a particular focus on gender relations, urbanism and industrialisation. She approaches research collaboratively and seeks to work across disciplines.
She has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Skuc Gallery, Ljubljana (2018), Beirut Art Center (2017), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016), Witte de With, Rotterdam (2016), Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon (2015) and Art in General, New York (2015).
Her work has also been shown in a number of group exhibitions, at Sharjah Architecture Triennal (2019), SF Moma (2019), Sharjah Biennial 14 (2019), Warsaw Biennial (2019), Nottingham Contemporary, UK (2017), Maxxi Museum, Rome (2017), Sursock Museum, Beirut (2016), Ludwig Museum, Cologne (2016), Thessaloniki Biennial (2015); Home Works Forum, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2010, 2013, 2015), New Museum, New York (2014), 55th Venice Biennale (2013), M HKA, Antwerp (2013), In Other Words,nGbK, Berlin (2012) and 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011), among others.
Screenings of her videos have taken place at FID Marseille (2019), tiff Toronto (2019), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2011, 2017), Berlin International Film Festival (2010, 2015) and e-flux storefront, New York (2009).
She was awarded ‘Prix Georges de Beauregard International’, FID Marseille (2019), Special Prize of the Pinchuk Future Generation Art Prize (2012) and nominated for the Paulo Cunha e Silva Art Prize (2017) and for the Han Nefkens Foundation award (2014).
She was also a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany (2014) and Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo Arts and Space (2010). She is the co-founder of 98weeks Research Project.
In 2020, Marwa Arsanios will take part to the 11th Berlin Biennial.