Yuri Marder's photographic work explores issues of race, exile, and American identity. The child of European refugees, he was inspired by his family’s forced exodus to search for universal meaning in stories that often divide as much as they unite. Language and self-knowledge, patriotism and shame, time and mortality; all are concurrent and sometimes conflicting themes that run through his work.
Exhibitions include one-person shows at the Abrons Art Center, Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY; Photography Gallery, Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, IN; Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Queens, NY; the Robert B. Menschel Photography Gallery, Syracuse, NY; Grand Central Station, New York, NY; and the School of Art and Design Gallery,
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.
Yuri received the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Photography in 1994 and 2004. He also received grants from Art Matters, the Jamaica Arts Center, and the Arts International/NEA Travel Grant Pilot. Marder attended residencies at Light Work in Syracuse, NY, the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH, and received the 1997 CAVA Residency from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Miami, FL.