98weeks is an artists organization founded by Marwa Arsanios and Mirene Arsanios on the 31st of October 2007. It is also a project space since Nov. 2009 located in the Mar Mkhael area of Beirut.
Mirene is the co founder of 98weeks. She studied art history in Rome and did her masters in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths College, London (2007). She previously worked as a researcher at Ashkal Alwan (2008-2009) and as an assistant curator at MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art Rome (2004-2006). She now teaches at the American University of Beirut. Loves to write and research. Lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon.
Marwa completed her BA in Graphic Design from the Lebanese American University (2001), and obtained her MFA from Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London (2007).She has exhibited in London, Beirut, Athens, Oxford, Lisboa, Santiago de Chile and Rome. Her work was shown at Art Dubai in the Bidoun Lounge (Art Park), at the Forum expanded of the Berlinale 2010 and at the Homeworks V forum in Beirut. She is a founding member of the artist organization and project space 98weeks research project, and one of the organizers of the traveling project Platform Translation. Marwa is also a part time art teacher. She has been granted the artist’s residency at the Arab Image Foundation for 2009 and the research residency at the Tokyo Wonder Site for 2010.