Robert Yerachmiel Snyderman




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

Areas: 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 taught: 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 (b. 1986, Philadelphia) is a poet, performance and visual artist based in Bellingham, Washington, traditional territories coerced from the Xwlemi (Lummi) and Noxwsʼáʔaq (Nooksack) Nations. 

Sniderman's interventions, text objects, plays, films and installations encounter discarded, overwritten and denied sites and materials constituent of hyperlocal geographies and entangled catastrophes. His work, in this vein, was first realized over three consecutive winters studying the ruins of his great-grandparents’ apartment in a postindustrial Pennsylvania mining town. There, he tried to inhabit, write and archive what he could of their specifically orthodox Jewish remnants before the building sold. Often working in collaboration with other artists and specific communities, he establishes such difficult situations for durational contemplation and vernacular rites, manifesting a language of intense proximity over time by radicalizing accidents, anxieties, and inherited memory. 

In 2018, he worked as a DAAD Research Fellow at the Institute for Art in Context in Berlin, Germany, where over six months he wandered and contemplated inside, amassed an archive from, and performed public art actions with/in the largest intact and active Jewish cemetery in Europe after the Nazi genocide. Lost in Jüdischer Friedhof Weißensee (2018) and its resultant intervention series Counter-Ruin (2018) were exhibited as a large-scale installation in the 2019 dual solo exhibition, Durational Contemplations, with the late Sebastian Mendes at the Western Gallery of Western Washington University. The project also serves an important role in Sa'ed Atshan and Katharina Galor's The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis, Palestinians (Duke University Press 2020).

More recent works include the marionette film Night Herons (2020) co-authored with Polish artist Joanna Rajkowska, which premiered at steirischer herbst '21, and the serial mass walk بيان الصعود إلى السماء Flight Manifesto (in-progress) with Palestinian sound artist Dirar Kalash. Sniderman’s recent texts on Rajkowska’s art work have accompanied exhibitions at the Olszewski Gallery and Zachęta National Gallery of Art. Other essays, poems, performance texts, and visual works have been published by BorderloreThe OffingUniversity of Toronto Journal of Jewish ThoughtBruna Press + ArchiveEmergency IndexOmniverseCorridor Project Space and elsewhere.

Sniderman serves as the Interdisciplinary Editor of the Jewish arts and politics journal Protocols and is a PhD candidate at the School for the Contemporary Arts of Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, where he is completing a practice-based dissertation, Walking in Ethnocidal Places.

Photo credit: Nina Berfelde (2018)