Aliza Shvarts is an artist, writer, and scholar whose work deals broadly with queer and feminist understandings of reproductive labor and temporality. She holds a BA from Yale University, where her senior thesis for the art major—Untitled [Senior Thesis] (2008)—became the subject of international debate insofar as it dealt with questions of abortion. Since then, Shvarts has continued to investigate the body as a site of artistic, ideological, and discursive production.
Shvarts’ artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She has presented work and performed at MoMA PS1, Abrons Art Center, Lévy Gorvy, and Matthew Gallery in New York; Slought Foundation in Philadelphia; the Tate Modern in London; Kevin Kavanagh Gallery in Dublin; the LOOP International Film Festival in Barcelona, among other venues. She is a regular collaborator with performance artists Carmelita Tropicana and Vaginal Davis, filmmaker Ela Troyano, and Critical Practices Inc. Her May 2018 solo exhibition, Off Scene, at Artspace (New Haven, CT) looked back on the past ten years of her practice.
Shvarts’ writing has appeared in TDR: The Drama Review, Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, The Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader (2013), SALT Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, as well as several catalogues. She has delivered papers and guest lectures 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 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. Currently, she is a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art, a Part-Time lecturer at The New School, and is completing a PhD in Performance Studies at New York University.