Robert Yerachmiel Snyderman



PhD, Simon Fraser University, in-progress
MFA, Brown University, 2012
BFA, Pratt Institute, 2009

Areas of Interest: Art as direct action; Site-based art; Participatory art; Installation art; Performance art; Politics of everyday life; Experimental theatre and film; Memory studies; Critical local history; Critical Jewish studies; Genocide studies; Poetics.

Courses offered 2018-2022:  FAIR 381G Berlin: City of Remembering and Forgetting (with Dr. Yanara Friedland); FAIR 336V Collective Practice: Pickett House; FAIR 336V Walking in Traumatic Time; FAIR 336V Constructing Interventions; FAIR 202A Installing Memory against Erasure; AMST 206 The Jewish American Experience: Radical Jewish Aesthetics; AMST 206 The Jewish American Experience: Local Conflict, Global Memory; AMST 397 Contemporary Issues in Jewish American Studies: Antisemitism, Imperialism, and Totalitarianism.

ROBERT YERACHMIEL SNIDERMAN is a poet-artist and Ashkenazi settler on the traditional territory of the Lhaq'temish (Lummi) Nation. Sniderman constructs interventions, text objects, plays, films, and installations with/in overwritten and denied places and materials, tracing hyperlocal experience to and from entangled catastrophes. Often in collaboration with other artists and specific communities, his contributions establish difficult situations for durational contemplation and vernacular rites, manifesting a quiet language of intense proximity over time by radicalizing accidents, anxieties, and memory. Recent projects include Lost in Jüdischer Friedhof Weißensee (2018), a performance archive in Berlin (GE); Night Herons, a marionette film and environmental installation with Joanna Rajkowska; Wierzba Estery / Esther's Willow, a public installation, performance, and video project, with Marta Sala in Chrzanów (PL); and السماء إلى الصعود بيان Flight Manifesto, a serial walk and sonic archive, with Dirar Kalash between Lifta (IL/PS) and Whatcom County/Lummi Nation (US). These and past works were supported by institutions such as Bruna Press + Archive, Chinati Foundation, Corridor Project Space, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), FestivALT, Institute for Art in Context, Irena and Mieczysaw Mazaraki Museum, Jewish History Museum + Holocaust History Center of Tucson, Municipal Center of Culture of Chrzanów, Ontological-Hysteric Theater, Polish Institute Vienna, and steirischer herbst. Sniderman holds degrees in the fine arts from Pratt Institute and Brown University. He is an editor at the Jewish art and politics journal PROTOCOLS and a PhD candidate at the School for the Contemporary Arts of Simon Fraser University where he is writing his dissertation, Walking in Ethnocidal Places; Situation, Dispossession, and Translocal Struggle for Time.