Aliza Shvarts is an artist and theorist who takes a queer and feminist approach to reproductive labor and language. Her current work focuses on testimony and the circulation of speech in the digital age.

Her artwork been shown across Europe, Latin America, and the US at venues including the Tate Modern (London), the Athens Biennale, Galerie Maria Bernheim (Zurich), and the LOOP International Film Festival (Barcelona), Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Universidad de Chile, SculptureCenter (NYC), Participant Inc (NYC), LACE (Los Angeles), and the Slought Foundation (Philadelphia). Her solo exhibitions include Off Scene, at Artspace (New Haven, 2018); Purported at Centre for Contemporay Art FUTURA (Prague, 2019) and Art in General (NYC, 2020); and Hotline, a joint-commission from the 8th Floor/Rubin Foundation and A.I.R. accessible via the telephone and physically on view at A.I.R in in October 2020.

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 and 2020 Artist Fellow at the National Arts Club. 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 received her BA (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude) from Yale University and her PhD in Performance Studies (with distinction) at New York University, where her dissertation received the Monroe Lippman Memorial Award for Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation. She has taught at lectured widely, including at Harvard University, NYU, Barnard College, Parsons School of Design, the Pratt Institute, and is a co-founder of the Arts Research Collective. She has written liner notes for the metal band SunnO))) and appeared as a guest commentator on MTV.

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Current and Upcoming Exhibitions:

OMNISCIENT: Queer Documentation in an Image Culture. June 18 - January 22, 2021. The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art (NYC)

ERRO 417: EXPECTATIVA FALHADA, December 11, 2021 - February 13, 2022. Galeria Municipal do Porto (Portugual)