Anya Liftig

Work for Live Art Denmark
2013: “Bad Salad” at Hitparaden 1

“Bad Salad”
In Anya Liftig’s work there’s a long line of performances that deal with human-animal relationships and cross-collaboration. For her 10 minute performance in the courtyard of the venue of both Hitparaden, Pumpehuset in the center of Copenhagen, she expanded the scope of her often intimate relations with non-human organisms to the ingredients of a salad. Emitting sounds of fear and pain she shredded a head of iceberg lettuce, a bunch of carrots and various other vegetables using no tools but her hands, teeth and other parts of her body. Her ferocious action transformed the usually harmless and even joyful everyday action of preparing a salad (click here for another salad related performance) into a small scale horror movie, making the viewer reflect on all the organisms that have to perish for us to thrive, and spoiling their appetite for greens for a short while.

About the Artist
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 Chaplinesque physical humor and Feminist action art.

Photo: Peter Lind

Photo: Peter Lind

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.

You can find more examples of Anya’s work on her website.

Om liveart_dk was founded in 2004 in Copenhagen to promote the discussion, documentation and development of live art in Denmark. The organisation is equally inspired by the imaginative and entertaining English Live Art tradition as by the theoretical and political German theatre tradition. We have organised 10 large international festivals of Live Art for kids and adults since 2004, and over 40 discussion events, books, video series, symposia and more in the field of live art, performance art, art criticism and documentation. We collaborate with theatres, music venues, art museums and festivals in Denmark and internationally.