Diego Rotman (born in Buenos Aires) is a researcher, an interdisciplinary artist and a curator. His wrote his PhD thesis on Performance as Cultural Critique: On Dzigan & Shumacher’s Theater (1927-1980) and his MA thesis on Yiddish Theater in Israel (1948-1983) under the supervision of Prof. Galit Hasan-Rokem and Prof. Yechiel Scheintuch at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He recently edited the book “Heara” about the independent art scene in Jerusalem together with Ronen Eidelman and Lea Mauas .
In the framework of the research group “Daat Hamakom” he curated, together with Lea Mauas, the Performance Art events “Borderline“, and within the framework of the Israeli Drawing Biennale he hosted Prof. Irit Rogoff’s talk “Exhausted Geographies” about the gap between the reconstruction of space, land and home through performance, word and language.
He was part of the academic team of the seminar: “MAPS: Representations of Place in the Arts” together with Prof. Edwin Seroussi, Dr. Ruthie Abeliovich , Dr. Hava Aldouby, Dr. Omri Ruah-Midbar, Dr. Joseph Sprinzak and Dr. Danny Schrire.
His current interests in research and practice focus on performance practices that engage local historiography, folklore research, and art politics as well as Yiddish Culture and Yiddish theater.
He is one of the two members (together with Lea Mauas) of Sala-manca, a group of independent Jerusalem-based artists that creates in the fields of performance, video, installation & new media since 2000. In 2009, he founded, together with Lea Mauas, the Mamuta Art and Media Center, today based in Hansen House.