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).
Marwa Arsanios is a founding member of 98weeks an artistic organization and project space that focuses its research on a new topic every 98 weeks. She is one of the organizers of the travelling project Platform Translation. 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 and 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.
Her work has been featured in recent solo exhibitions at the Art Dubai in the Bidoun Lounge Art Park, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2009), the Berlinale’s Forum Expanded, Berlin, Germany (2010). Istanbul Biennial,(2011), nGbK, (2012),the Jerusalem Show, Jerusalem, Israel (2012); Home Works 5 and 6, Beirut, Lebanon (2013 and 2010), Her work was shown in international venues such as the Venice Biennial (2013)The New Museum(2014), M HKA (2013),Kunsthalle Lissabon,(2015), Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece (2015),Art in General (2015), Witte de With (2016), Alt Art Centre (2016) Hammer Museum(2017), Beirut Art Centre (2017), Kiosk(2016) and )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.