Anya Liftig

Anya Liftig is a writer and performer. Her work has been featured at TATE Modern, MOMA, CPR, Highways Performance Space, Lapsody4 Finland, Fado Toronto, Performance Art Institute-San Francisco, Queens Museum, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, The Kitchen at the Independent Art Fair, Performer Stammtisch Berlin, OVADA, Joyce Soho and many other venues. In “The Anxiety of Influence” she dressed exactly like Marina Abramovic and sat across from her all day during “The Artist is Present” exhibition. Her work has been published and written about in The New York Times Magazine, BOMB, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue Italia, Next Magazine, Now and Then, Stay Thirsty, New York Magazine, Gothamist, Jezebel, Hyperallergic, Bad at Sports, The Other Journal, and many others. She has danced and originated roles in work by Andrea Kleine and Michael Freeman and currently serves as a contributing editor to Ugly Duckling Presse’s Emergency Index series. Her essays have been noted in Best American Essays 2017 and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her first full-length book, a memoir, is forthcoming.  She is a graduate of Yale University and Georgia State University and has received grant and residency support from MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Franklin Furnace Fund, Atlantic Center for the Arts, The New Museum, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Flux Projects, University of Antioquia and Casa Tres Patios-Medellin, Colombia.

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Anya Liftig during her performance “Chicken” at the Grace Exhibition Space in Bushwick. Photo by Alessandro Vecchi.