Marwa Arsanios 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 exhibited in London (UK), Beirut (Lebanon), New York (USA), Tokyo (Japan), Athens (Greece), Oxford (UK), Lisboa (Portugal), Santiago de Chile (Chile), Rome (Italy), Paris (France), Damascus (Syria), Berlin (Germany), among other cities. Her work was shown in international events, among which The Thessaloniki Biennial (2015) the Venice Biennial, Future Generation Art Prize, Venice, Italy (2013); Home Works 5,6 and 7, Beirut, Lebanon (2015, 2013 and 2010); the Jerusalem Show, Jerusalem (2012); The Istanbul Biennial (2011), the Berlinale’s Forum Expanded, Berlin, Germany (2015 and 2010). Her videos have been screened at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France, ICA in London, Rotterdam Film Festival, and exhibited in several institutions and Museums such as the New Museum in New York, MuKHA in Antwerp, Beirut Art Center and Tensta Konsthalle in Stockholm, Art in General in New York (solo show) and Kunsthalle Lissabon (solo show).
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 98weeks. She was awarded the Sharjah Art Foundation’s Production grant in 2014, and the Pinchuk Future Generation special prize in 2012.
She has been granted the artist’s residency at the Arab Image Foundation (Beirut, Lebanon) in 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 was a resident at Solitude Akademie in 2014.
Marwa Arsanios is also a part-time teacher
He lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He directed the De Appel Arts Centre. From 2008 to 2014 he was the Director of De Vleeshal Art Centre, Middelburg, the Netherlands. In 2013 he edited the Dutch pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In 2005 he founded the Sound Art Museum, Rome. He was been the Director of Volume! in Rome, and curator of the Museum Marta Herford, Herford, Germany. He was been the guest-curator at the Kunsthalle in Mulhouse, France, and teacher at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. At the De Vleeshal he curated exhibitions with Nedko Solakov, Jimmie Durham, Yona Friedman and Jean-Baptiste Decavèle, Falke Pisano, Rossella Biscotti, Olaf Nicolai, Katinka Bock, Bojan Sarcevic, Marinus Boezem, Mandla Reuter, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Benoit Maire, Francesco Arena, Nina Beier e Marie Lund, Dove Allouche, Fernando Sanchez Castillo. La serie Autumn of Modernism; The Moon Has a Complicated Georgraphy surveys on contemporary Dutch art scene. At Kunsthalle di Mulhouse, France he curated the exhibitions La Notte, The Garden of the Forking Paths e Les scultures meurent aussi. Recent projects include, Eurasia, Geographic Cross-over in Art, Mart, Rovereto; Cabinet of Imagination a collaboration with Netwerk, Aalst, Belgio, Der eigene Weg, Perpektiven Belgischen Kunst, MMK Kuppersmuhle, Duisburg, Germany; The Third Tiger (Rossella Biscotti, Mark Manders, Olaf Nicolai) Camere, RAM, Rome. Among recent publications for De Vleeshal: Nedko Solakov, Jimmie Durham, Yona Friedman, Falke Pisano, Rossella Biscotti, Autumn of Modernism, Olaf Nicolai, Marinus Boezem, Mandla Reuter. The publications for De Vleeshal are edited by Roma Publications, Amsterdam. For the magazine CURA he has written about Alexander Dorner, Lucy R. Lippard, Seth Siegelaub, Alfred H. Barr, Willem Sandberg, Arnold Bode e Pontus Hulten. He has studied Art History at Università La Sapienza di Roma and in 1998-9 he attended the "Curatorial Training Programme" at De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam.
Charles Aubin is a French curator living and working in New York. He gradueted from Sciences Po in Paris, he pursued a PhD at the Royal College of Art in London. He was program assistant for Nuit Blanche 2005 and then at the Centre Pompidou performance department from 2006 to 2010. As an independent curator, Charles Aubin has curated exhibitions for the Printemps de Septembre in Toulouse and the Biennale de Belleville in Paris. Since 2013, he is curator associated with Performa, the New York performance biennial.
Performa 13, New York 2013
Cascate Pavilion , Biennale de Belleville, Paris 2012
Cammina come un egiziano , Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse 2010
Prior to Delfina Foundation, Aaron worked as Project Director of Metal, the artistic laboratory space established by Jude Kelly OBE, ultimately becoming Managing Director of Metal’s arts-based consultancy overseeing creative projects with a focus on urban regeneration. He has also worked with London 2012, as part of its culture team that secured London's Olympic bid; at The Place, London; and in New York, as a management consultant. Also working as a creative producer, Aaron has first degrees in Economics and Dance from Princeton University and a postgraduate degree in the Creative Industries from King’s College London.
Over the last seven years, he has positioned Delfina Foundation as a meeting point and incubator of creative talent, forming partnerships with leading institutions internationally. Independently and through Delfina Foundation, he has sat on numerous boards, committees and advisory groups such as All Change Arts, Shubbak, Davidoff Art Initiative, Caspian Arts Foundation, the Young Arab Theatre Fund, the Marrakech Biennale, and Al Serkal Avenue. He has been a jury member for a number of awards, including the Jarman Award (2012), LIVE WORKS Performance Act Award (Vol.4 - 2016), among many others.
In 1986, she founded Hopefulmonster, a publishing house specialized in non-fiction and monographic catalogs of contemporary art.
Alongside editorial activity, she is the curator of several exhibitions, books and television programs. In 1999, she founded the Fondazione Merz, a project strongly desired with his father Mario Merz, of which she became President and Artistic Director. The Fondazione Merz was opened in April 2005 with the aim to host the Mario Merz's fund works and to promote the exhibition projects of contemporary international artists.
Among the many exhibitions planned by the Fondazione Merz, we report: Sol LeWitt – Mario Merz, 2006; Marzia Migliora. Tanatosi, 2006-2007; Mario Merz: Disegni, 2007, traveling exhibition at Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur; Lo spazio dell’uomo, 2008, in collaboration with the Museo Allende, Santiago de Cile; Melik Ohanian, 2008; Pedro Cabrita Reis, 2008, traveling exhibition at Kunsthaus Graz, Graz; Matthew Barney. Mitologie contemporanee, 2008-2009; Per Barclay. Chambres d’huile, 2008-2009, traveling exhibition at Centre de Création Contemporaine, Tours; Speranze & Dubbi. Arte giovane tra Libano e Italia, traveling exhibition at Dome City Center, Beirut, 2008; Gabriele Basilico. Beirut 1991, 2009; Wolfgang Laib, 2009; Luisa Rabbia. In viaggio sotto lo stesso cielo, 2009, traveling exhibition at Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venezia and at Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires; Mona Hatoum, Natura Morta, Fondazione Merz, 2009 e Lawrence Weiner. Inclined enough to roll, 2009-2010;
Kara Walker, A negress of noteworthy talent, 2011; Simon Starling. The Inaccessible Poem, 2011; Elisabetta Benassi. I want to do an exhibition right now, 2012; Alfredo Jaar. Abbiamo amato tanto la rivoluzione, 2013; Christian Boltanski. Dopo, 2015.
From 2010 to 2014 she has been the Director of Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea. Among the major exhibitions she has curated at Castello di Rivoli: Tutto è connesso, ricerche e approfondimenti nell’arte dell’ultimo decennio attraverso la collezione, 2010; Arte Povera della collezione del Museo a Mosca, 2011; Tutto è connesso 2, tra le nuove acquisizioni opere di Allora & Calzadilla e Ana Maria Maiolino, 2011; Arte Povera International, 2011 (a project in six italian cities); Russian Cosmos, 2011; Oltre il muro / Beyond The Wall con Michal Rovner, e Shrin Neshat, 2012; Ana Mendieta. She Got Love, 2013; Intenzione manifesta. Drawing in all its forms, 2014; Sophie Calle, MAdRE, 2014.
From 2012 to 2015 she chairs AMACI – Associazione Musei d’Arte Contemporanea Italiani.
From 2014 in addition to continuing the Artistic Direction of the Fondazione Merz in Turin, she held the position of President of the Fondazione Merz in Switzerland and the position of President of the Mario Merz Prize, Premio Biennale Internazionale per l’Arte e la Musica, whose finalists are: Paolo Boggio, Arturo Corrales, Vassos Nicolaou, Cyrill Schürch e Vito Zuraj per la Musica e Lida Abdul, Glenn Ligon, Naeem Mohaiemen, Anri Sala, Wael Shawky per l’Arte.