Performative Screenings # 50: Marwa Arsanios, Falling is not collapsing, falling is extending

© Marwa Arsanios, 2016

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Drawing a parallel between two distinct narratives in Beirut’s recent history, Marwa Arsanios' research looks at the aftermath of the neoliberal project that took shape at the beginning of the 1990s, in the years immediately following the end of the Lebanese civil war. Starting from a situation that remains present in the recent visual and political memory during the garbage crisis that began in 2014, this screening addresses the threatening long-term transformations that are brought about the system of late capitalism, and the local reverberations of this system on Lebanon's environmental and sociopolitical reality. The film takes as its starting point the destruction of the building where the artist herself grew up and moves into looking at how rubble is used as a material on garbage dumps, mixed with waste in order to build land extensions that are then turned into real estate havens. It has been one of the strategies used by real estate development in order to gain land and privatize the seashore. It attempts to look at matter and material in its intrinsic relation to real estate and economy, and to look at the real estate economy from the perspective of matter with all its histories, but furthermore to deal with the viral side of history.

Marwa Arsanios 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 Witte de With, Rotterdam (2016), Kunsthalle Lissabon (2015) and Art in General, New York (2015). Her work was also shown at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013), the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011), Home Works Forum in Bei­rut (2010, 2013, 2015), the New Museum, New York (2014), M HKA, Antwerp (2013) and NGBK, Berlin (2012). Screenings of her videos have taken place at the Berlinale (2010, 2015), e-flux storefront, New York (2009) and Centre Pompidou, Paris (2011). In 2012, Arsanios was awarded the spe­cial prize of the Pinchuk Future Generation Art Prize. She lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon.

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