Aliza Shvarts is an artist and writer who takes a queer and feminist approach to reproductive labor and language. Her recent work focuses on testimony and circulations of speech in the digital age. She received a BA from Yale University (2008), was a 2014-15 Helena Rubinstein Fellow in Critical Studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program, and is completing a PhD in Performance Studies at New York University.
Shvarts’ artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Tate Modern in London; Kevin Kavanagh Gallery in Dublin; Athens Biennale in Greece; the LOOP International Film Festival in Barcelona; SculptureCenter, Participant Inc, Abrons Art Center, Lévy Gorvy, and Matthew Gallery in New York; the Slought Foundation in Philadelphia; and Artspace in New Haven, CT. Her 2018 solo exhibition, Off Scene, at Artspace (New Haven, CT) looked back on the past ten years of her practice.
Her writing has been published in Whitechapel Documents in Contemporary Art: Practice, The Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader, TDR/The Drama Review, Women & Performance, and The Brooklyn Rail. She given talks at a number of institutions, including The Whitney Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, The 8th Floor/Rubin Foundation, Harvard University, McGill University, Stanford University, and UCLA. In addition, she has written liner notes for the drone metal band SunnO))) and appeared as a guest commentator on MTV.
Shvarts teaches at the Pratt Institute, the Parsons School of Design, and is a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art.Along with Trista Mallory and Maura Brewer, she co-founder and director of the Arts Research C(ooperative). Shvarts was a 2014 recipient of the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, a 2014-2015 Helena Rubinstein Fellow in Critical Studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program, and a 2017 Critical Writing Fellow at Recess.