Doctoral Students

Thalia Hoffman
Started in , PhD degree awarded in

Research summary

The ‘Guava’platform’s conceptual & practical movement and its part in social/political change

Thalia Hoffman’s research project seeks to develop the “Guava” platform that she has established, which challenges the possibility of free movement and dismissal of borders in the Middle East through 'art-actions'. As an artist and filmmaker Hoffman hereby researches the most effective way to bring art practice and social-political change together.



Thalia Hoffman (1979, DE) is a visual artist working in film, video, performance and public interventions. She holds a BA in Humanities from the University of Bar-Ilan, and is an MFA graduate (with honours) in Fine Arts from the University of Haifa, where she is currently teaching.

Hoffman has directed a full length documentary (“To each his own”, 2005), and several short experimental films and is working as an independent film director and editor. In addition Hoffman works and develops social/political change programs using the agent of film and video within different communities. Another way that Hoffman approaches this is through cooking and feeding, both in professional and artistic context. All her work strives to be involved in its surroundings and engage people to look, listen and feel their social/political landscape with attention.

Hoffman’s films, video works and performances have been shown in group exhibitions and festivals in Israel and around the world.


Individual projects

    • Book launch ‘Making Matters. A Vocabulary for Collective Arts’

      The entries in this experimental vocabulary were written in collaboration with multidisciplinary collectives, artists and designers from five continents. They reflect how collective action changes…

      documenta 15, Kassel (DE)
    • Feeding/Eating the Other

      Thalia Hoffman presents the essay 'Feeding/Eating the Other' as part of a working session at the ASTR Annual conference 2019 'Theatre's many publics'.

      Washington D.C. (US)
    • Guava

      "Guava" (2013), the first film by Thalia Hoffman in the film series of the "Guava Platform" will be exhibited in Israel and in…

      Museum of Art, Petach Tikva (IL), Musée de la chasse et de la nature, Paris (FR)
    • Self Collecting

      Thalia Hoffman contributes to the exhibition 'Self Collecting' at the Beit Hagefen Gallery in Haifa with the work عطرעטרה, 'a scent collection'.

      Beit Hagefen Gallery, Haifa (IL)
    • We Refugees

      Thalia Hoffman contributes to the exhibition We Refugees at Haifa Museum, Haifa with the work Shama (There).

      Haifa Museum, Haifa (IL)
    • Same Same but Different

      Thalia Hoffman contributes to the exhibition Same Same but Different at Minus 1 Gallery, Tel Aviv with the work Guava.

      Minus 1 Gallery, Tel Aviv (IL)
    • Bad Taste, The fiftieth year of the occupation

      Thalia Hoffman exhibits her video work ‘Sham (There)’ in this group exhibition curated by Efrat Livny at gallery Minus 1.

      Tel Aviv (IL)
    • To Serve You (work in progress)

      Thalia Hoffman produced performative events and a sound installation for the exhibition and series of events ’All About Law and Justice’.

      Artport, Tel Aviv (IL)
    • The Social

      Thalia Hoffman will present her research departing from the 'Guava' platform that she created, during this 4th International Association for Visual Culture Biennial…

      Boston University (USA)
    • Vanishing Point

      Thalia Hoffman presents her video 'Sham (There)' in this exhibition.

      Artport, 55 Ben Tsvi Road, Tel Aviv (IL)
    • Be’al Peh (Speaking It)

      Thalia Hoffman contributes to the 2nd Annual Conference of the Israeli Center for Digital Art with the work Be’al Peh (Speaking It).

      The Israeli Center for Digital Art
    • Guava

      Thalia Hoffman shows the video 'Guava' at the Medrar 7th Cairo Video Festival.

      Cairo (EG)