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 (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude) and her PhD in Performance Studies (with distinction) at New York University.

Her artwork been shown across Europe, Latin America, and the US at venues including the Tate Modern in London, the Athens Biennale in Greece, and the LOOP International Film Festival in Barcelona; Universidad de los Andes in Bogota and Universidad de Chile, Santiago; SculptureCenter, Participant Inc, Abrons Art Center, Lévy Gorvy, and Matthew Gallery in New York; and the Slought Foundation in Philadelphia. Her solo exhibitions include Off Scene, at Artspace (New Haven, 2018) and Purported at Centre for Contemporay Art FUTURA (Prague, 2019), both of which looked back at the past ten years of her practice.

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, a 2017 Critical Writing Fellow at Recess Art, and a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2015-2019). She is currently a 2019-20 A.I.R. Gallery Artist Fellow

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.  Awards include 2008 Lloyd Mifflin Prize for English at Yale, 2017 Franco Coli Dissertation Award from NYU, and 2019 Young Scholar Award from the International Association for Aesthetics.  

Shvarts has taught courses at NYU, Barnard College, Parsons School of Design, the Pratt Institute, and is a co-founder of the Arts Research C(ooperative). In addition, she has written liner notes for the drone metal band SunnO))) and appeared as a guest commentator on MTV.

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