The Program of the UMPRUM Visiting Artist Studio in the 2023/2024 Spring Semester:

UMPRUM is proud to announce that the visiting artist for the 2023/2024 spring semester is Setareh Shahbazi


Program title and syllabus:

Eyes, come back!

We come together with different experiences, interests and skills. In this workshop, we embrace each other’s varying perspectives of all sorts through collaborative thinking and working. We develop process based, open-ended projects, by using each others’ eyes, ears, brains, guts, fingers, muscles and feet to literally exchange our physically manifested knowledges. Along the way we will explore examples of artistic collaboration, interdisciplinary ways of working and processes of translation and transformation. Artistic approaches, formats and media are free to chose and will manifest within the process. The collaborative process can lead to individual works or collaborations.


Setareh Shahbazi is a visual artist based in Berlin. In her work, she compiles and transforms micronarratives through observations, collaborations, visual notes and found photographs. With a playful irreverence to the sanctity of a photograph as a mirror of reality, she drains details out of images found in private collections and public archives. As artistic co-director of KHF Berlin (Künstlerhof Frohnau) and in collaboration with a network of artists and cultural activists, she conceives short residencies and workshops taking place in the forest on the historical border of Berlin.


The structure of the program:

The visiting artist will give a theoretical and practical course.

The program is structured in several intense in-person sessions with the visiting artist and several online meetings with her and her guests. Regular meetings of the group will be held in person weekly throughout the term.


The program is part of the Fine Arts Department of UMPRUM and is primarily reserved to its students but offers limited numbers of places to the students of other departments of UMPRUM. Students of the bachelor, master and PhD programs can apply.

All students apart from the students of the first year of Bachelor Program and the students currently graduating from Bachelor and Master Program are encouraged to enroll. The Visiting Artist Program is open to students of Fine Arts Department and all other UMPRUM departments in limited numbers.

To apply, students must have completed their previous semester and enrolled in the next semester. For applications and more information please contact the program’s Czech pedagogue Sláva Sobotovičová,, 737 620 381


Application deadline: January 14th, 2024


In the past UMPRUM has hosted courses of the following visiting artists:

fall 2023/2024 Jana Ndiaye Berankova and guests: East-South. Transnational Exchanges Between Eastern Europe and Global South.

spring 2022/2023 Özlem Altin: Draw a map to get lost. Listening in.

fall 2022/2023 Marwa Arsanios: Building a structure. Strategies of self-organizing. 

spring 2021/2022 Viktor Timofeev: Process Soup. Artist’s Derailing and Return Points. 

fall 2021/2022 Matt Mullican: Details from an Imaginary Universe

spring 2020/2021 Maja Smrekar: Dialogues with Different Kinds of Interlocutors

fall 2020/2021 Sam Lewitt: Scales

spring 2019/2020 Tyler Coburn: Counterfactuals

fall 2019/2020 Justin Fitzpatrick: Critical Aspects of Painting

spring 2018/2019 Nina Beier: Cultural Meanings of Material and Objects

fall 2018/2019 David Maljković: Crossovers of Installation

spring 2017/2018 Marie de Brugerolle: The Legacy of Performance