Marwa Arsanios (Beirut)

Who is Afraid of Ideology

Revolving around the idea of “organization,” in her lecture performance “Who is Afraid of Ideology” Arsanios considered ideological theories and practices of different domestic labor organizations, eco-feminist, and autonomous women’s movements. Through interviews, structural infographics, books and essays, Arsanios has probed the organizational structures of these movements, (i.e. their geometries, symmetries, asymmetries and hierarchies) to bring forth their contradictions while simultaneously elaborating a multiplicity of voices that represent these collective initiatives.

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Marwa Arsanios’s FIELD MEETING participation is supported by ArteEast.

Marwa Arsanios, Who is Afraid of Ideology, 2017. Performance documentation FIELD MEETING Take 5: Thinking Project, November 15th at SVA Theatre.


Marwa Arsanios (lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon) received her MFA from University of the Arts London in 2007, and was a researcher in the Fine Art department at Jan Van Eyck Academie from 2011 to 2012. She has had solo exhibitions at the Beirut Art Center (2017) the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles (2016), Witte de With, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2016), Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon (2015), and Art in General, New York (2015). Her work was also shown at the Thessaloniki Biennial (2015), 55th Venice Biennale (2013), l the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011), Home Works Forum in Beirut (2010, 2013, 2015), Ludwig museum (2016), the New Museum, New York (2014), M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium (2013), and nGbK, Berlin (2012). Screenings of her videos have taken place at the Berlinale, Berlin (2010, 2015), e-flux storefront, New York (2009), and Centre Pompidou, Paris (2017, 2011). In 2012 Arsanios was awarded the special prize of the Pinchuk Future Generation Art Prize. She was nominated for the Han Nefkens Foundation award in 2014 and more recently the Paulo Cunha e Silva art prize. Marwa is also the co-founder of 98weeks research project.

Image Courtesy of the artist