Aliza Shvarts is an artist, writer and scholar whose work 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. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including Tate Modern in London; FUTURA in Prague; Athens Biennale in Greece; the LOOP International Film Festival in Barcelona; SculptureCenter, A.I.R, Participant Inc, Abrons Art Center, Lévy Gorvy, and Matthew Gallery in New York; and the Slought Foundation in Philadelphia.
Shvarts’ 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 has given talks at numerous institutions including The Whitney Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, The 8th Floor/Rubin Foundation, Harvard University, McGill University, Stanford University, and UCLA. Not content with appearing only at revered seats of learning, she has also written liner notes for the drone metal band SunnO))) and appeared as a guest commentator on MTV.
Aliza Shvarts graduated with a BA summa cum laude in Fine Art and English from Yale University (2008); she was a 2014-15 Helena Rubinstein Fellow in Critical Studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program; and she holds an MA in Performance Studies from New York University. In fall 2019, she will complete her PhD in Performance Studies at New York University, submitting a dissertation titled “The Doom Performative” which explores issues of reproductive labor and temporality in relation to the material history, sound, aesthetics, and feeling of doom.