With Disappearance is the first in a series of micro-exhibitions that feature selections from the B R U N A Press Archive and that form inter-connective pathways between its collection’s many thematic threads and concerns arising locally.
For this exhibition, Curatorial Fellow ROBERT Yerachmiel Sniderman approaches the subject of disappearance by specifically highlighting “works [that move] within, from, or towards disappearance. The crisis of disappearance. The opportunity of disappearance. The future of disappearance. The roots of disappearance. In Israel/Palestine. In Minnesota. In the Korean Diaspora. In Vancouver. In the unceded lands of the Nooksack people. In Kosovo.” Through nine publications that range from a work of poetry to artist books to a handmade chapbook to a linguistic textbook and a newspaper manifesto calling for an “Irradiated International,” this exhibition invites visitors to engage intimately with the archive around questions that matter in forms that are unfamiliar.
For this event, ROBERT will open the project by connecting its thematic questions to local concerns with a short introduction and discussion.
ABOUT THE CURATOR
ROBERT is a poet, artist, and curator who works with Jewish history as the primary medium for a context- and site-dependent practice. His work, in this vein, was first realized over three consecutive winters in the abandoned apartment above his grandfather's store in rural Pennsylvania. There, he tried to feel, inhabit, and archive what he could of his ancestors' remnants before the store sold. From 2016-2018, he worked as a curator and director of education at the Jewish History Museum and Holocaust History Center of Tucson, where within one of the most militarized political projects in the continental United States, he initiated intersectional programming, curricula, exhibitions, and community collaborations on forced removal, legislative racism, and interethnic resistance.
Through 2018, he worked as a DAAD Research Fellow at the Institute for Art in Context of the University of the Arts Berlin, where he contemplated inside, amassed an archive from, and performed public art actions with the largest intact and active Jewish cemetery in Europe after the genocide of European Jewry. A book documenting the project, Lost in Jüdische Friedhof Weißensee, is forthcoming in 2019.