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Thalia Hoffman / Manar Zuabi

Make Art at Your Own Risk
19–31 August 2024

Thalia Hoffman - Sham, Video still, 2016
Thalia Hoffman, Sham, Video still, 2016

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Thalia Hoffman, To Serve You, Performance, 2022

All mediums or any possible combination of mediums

Hohensalzburg Fortress

Teaching language

What to bring
artistic materials

Willingness to listen, reflect, and unlearn, and to go beyond identity politics

Maximum number of participants

Participation fee
670 Euro (reduced 495 Euro)

The course revolves around notions and practices of voicing, beginning with the collaborative teaching approach of artists Manar Zuabi and Thalia Hoffman. It grew out of the two artists’ development of their practice in resistance to socio-political hegemonies.

The course aspires to navigate the complexity of heterogeneous artistic expressions within today's challenging context. Through various art tactics, it encourages an examination of participants’ practices as dynamic parallels that occasionally conflict, sometimes interact, and frequently co-resist. The approach aims to explore and create artworks and actions as responses and responsibilities of artists in spaces marked by violence and loss.

The course will be divided into four main themes: language, borders, participatory art, and activist interventions in public space. Each section will include discussions of artworks, collective readings, and group and individual exercises. Chosen exercises will be shown within the framework of the open studios.

Thalia Hoffman and Manar Zuabi each practice art, addressing the intersection of art and socio-political resistance to violence and racism. This is the first time Manar and Thalia are teaching together. The course structure and teaching methods consider the complexities of their collaboration.

Thalia Hoffman is a visual artist and researcher working in film, video, performance, and public interventions in the area where she lives, east of the Mediterranean. Alongside her artistic actions, Hoffman holds a PhD in artistic research from Leiden University and is a lecturer at the University of Haifa in video, performance and artistic research. Her work strives to be involved in its surroundings and engages people to look, listen and feel their socio-political landscape with attention.

Recent Exhibition and Festivals:
Jerusalem Film Festival, Experimental Competition, Jerusalem. 2022 Scattered Shared Spaces, Group Exhibition, Beit HaGefen, Haifa (IL). To Serve You, Performance&Talk, Framer Framed, Amsterdam. 2018 Guava (Solo Exhibition), Mamuta art & research center, Jerusalem. 2014 Story Time: Was it?, Helana Rubinstein Pavilion, Tel-Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv (IL).

Recent publications:
Here/Then and Now; a Memoir, PARC-Platform for Arts Research in Collaboration, December 2022
Back to Present, VIS-Nordic Journal for Artistic Research, November 2022
Feeding, Chapter in Making Matters, ed. Janneke Wesseling, Valiz Publication, The Netherlands, June 2022


Manar Zuabi is a visual artist, curator, activist and educator. She works with installation, performance, and video art. Zuabi is one of the founders of the alternative experimental school “Masar” in Nazareth. With her art, she addresses questions about identity and culture in an axis that brings together art and life from a political and social point of view.

Selected exhibitions:
2022 Scratched Horizon, Gallery Umm el-Fahem, Umm el-Fahem (IL). That Place This time, Tmuna Theatre, Tel Aviv. Return, following Edward Said, performance, Van Lir, Jerusalem. 2018 Without and Roses, Performance, Qalandiya International Biennale 3, Wadi Salib, Haifa. Stop or I’ll Shoot you, Performance with Taer Kaminer, University of Haifa. 2015 Berlin Performs, Podbielski Contemporary Gallery and Fries museum, Berlin.

Recent publications:
Manar Zuabi, Scratched Horizon, El-Sabar Association, Umm el-Fahem Art Gallery, 2022.
Manar Zuabi, On Thin Line, Wilfrid Museum, 2015.

Thalia Hoffman / Manar Zuabi
Thalia Hoffmann / Manar Zuabi