Marwa Arsanios: A Letter Inside a Letter
Employing filmmaking, sculpture, textiles, drawing, and writing, Marwa Arsanios examines the connections between feminist politics, resistance movements, land struggles, and the natural world. Her collaborative projects evolve from a sustained engagement with specific communities, archives, and ideas, and present alternatives to dominant economic and social systems. Through a research-based practice, she conceptualizes new approaches to living in harmony with the land through collectivism and small-scale forms of resistance.
For her solo exhibition at the CAC, Arsanios presents the four films that comprise her magnum opus Who is Afraid of Ideology (2017–21)—including one world premiere—alongside a series of textile works. The films knit together portraits of vibrant rural landscapes with first-person testimonies and poetic interludes that reconfigure the relationship between humanity and the environment. Featuring indigenous farmers and organizers in Colombia, Mexico, Syria, Iraq and northern Lebanon, as well as social activists and guerrilla fighters connected with the Kurdish autonomous women’s movement, the films incorporate original footage and interviews that capture anti-authoritarian struggles and transnational, militarized feminist movements from the perspective of their most outspoken, yet often overlooked, voices.
The exhibition is curated by Amara Antilla, Senior Curator at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati.