98Weeks Research Project is an artists organization founded by Marwa Arsanios and Mirene Arsanios in 2007. It is conceived as a research project that shifts its attention to a new topic every 98 weeks. Combining theory and practice, 98Weeks understands research as an open-ended activity, involving collaboration and an inter-disciplinary approach to art marking. 98Weeks projects take multiple forms such as workshops, talks, screenings, seminars, reading groups, publications and exhibitions.
From 2009 to 2014, 98Weeks opened a project space in Mar Mkayel Nahr that developed into an open platform for local and international artists to present, show and discuss their works. It hosted an archive on 98Research, local and regional historical and contemporary publications and artist books.
Due to gentrification the Project Space was unexpectedly lost in October 2014, and as of April 2015, 98weeks relocated to a new venue in Mar Mkhayel.
MIRENE ARSANIOS writings have appeared in both arts and literary magazines such as Bidoun, Cura, The Rumpus, Ink & Coda, and Enizagam among others. She lives in Beirut where she teaches at the American University of Beirut and edits Makhzin, a journal for cross-genre writing. She holds an MFA from Bard College.
MARWA ARSANIOS lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon. She obtained her MFA from Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London, in 2007. She has exhibited in London, Beirut, Athens, Oxford, Lisboa, Santiago de Chile, Rome and Damascus. Her work has been shown at Art Dubai in the Bidoun Lounge (Art Park), at the Forum expanded of the Berlinale 2010, at the Homeworks V forum in Beirut, at Tokyo Wonder Site in Tokyo, and most recently at the Istanbul Biennale. Her videos have been screened in several festivals and events, such as the e-flux storefront in New York, and most recently at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Marwa was granted an artists residency at the Arab Image Foundation in 2009, a research residency at the Tokyo Wonder Site in 2010, and a three-month residency at the Jan Van Eyck Academie for 2011. She is also a part-time lecturer at severa l universities.
DONA/Communications and Administrative Assistant
DONA TIMANI is a visual artist living in Beirut, Lebanon. In 2013, she received a grant from AFAC to fund her first solo exhibition, which focused on the politics of borders and othering in the Arab world. She holds a BA in Fine Arts from the Lebanese University, and a Masters degree in Plastic Arts from ALBA.
Marwa Arsanios | +961 03 417 321 | marwaarsanios(at) gmail.com
Mirene Arsanios | +961 70 803 522 | mirenearsanios(at)gmail.com
Dona Timani | +961 03 685 404 | info(at)98weeks.net
98WEEKS PROJECT SPACE ADDRESS
Armenia Street - Mar Mkhayel, Facing Manar Petrol Station
Second building to the left in the alley between Bodo and L'Osteria
As of 1 April, our new space will be open every Monday and Wednesday from 3 pm to 7 pm, and Friday from 10 am to 2 pm.