Anya Liftig’s work uses humor to address failure and the difficulty of connecting with other human beings. Her performances often place both the artist and the viewer in an odd juxtaposition of parody and embarrassment. Laughing at her pratfalls, the viewer is drawn into Liftig’s distopic blend of Chaplineque physical humor and Feminist action art. Her current body of performances involves cross-species communication and collaboration with domestic and wild animals. At Hitparaden 1 she performed “Bad Salat”
Anya Liftig’s work has been featured at TATE Modern, Exit Art, MOMA, Center for Performance Research, Chez Bushwick, ]performance space[ London, Yale University, Highways Perfomance Space, Lapsody4 Finland, Fado Toronto, Performance Art Institute, The Performance Art Institute-San Francisco, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Grace Exhibition Space, Surreal Estate, IV Soliders, Panoply Performance Laboratory, The Flea, The Kitchen at the Independent Art Fair, INCUBATEChicago, University of Wisconsin, University of Chicago, Columbia University, Mess Hall, Diamanche Rouge Paris, Performer Stammtisch Berlin, BLO Atleiers, KuLe Theater, Roves and Roams, OVADA, Dimanche Rouge Paris, 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, FLAVORPILL and many others. She is a graduate of Yale University and Georgia State University and has received grant and residency support from The MacDowell Colony The Field, Flux Projects, Vermont Studio Center, University of Antioquia, Casa Tres Patios-Medellin, Colombia.