Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2014-15

(Brooklyn, NY)Anya Liftig

Project Description

As a transpecies artist and organism, I am always observing and incorporating animal behaviors and images into my new identity. I am continuing my transition with the assistance of my rescue puppy, Sugihara. I am proposing a series of interventions in front of paintings and sculptures in museums. I will mimic the gestures and expressions of animals depicted in the art works and ask strangers to photograph or videotape me. Sometimes I will linger in front of a piece for a few seconds, sometimes for half an hour or so, depending on the tolerance level of the security guards.


Anya Liftig’s work has been featured at TATE Modern, MOMA, CPR, Highways Performance Space, Lapsody4 Finland, Fado Toronto, Performance Art Institute-San Francisco, 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 is a graduate of Yale University and Georgia State University and has received grant and residency support from The MacDowell Colony, Atlantic Center for the Arts, The New Museum, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Flux Projects, University of Antioquia and Casa Tres Patios-Medellin, Colombia.