Liliya Lifanova's (American, born in Kyrgyzstan) paintings, sculptural installations and wearables for collaborative participatory videos and performances position her practice at the intersection of fine arts and experimental theater. Lifanova's projects depend on preliminary research and collaboration, over an extended time, fused with her deep and personal engagement with physical creation and manufacture. The resulting large-scale productions communicate a sense of displacement and migration, while grappling with the sense of self.
Lifanova uses stories, objects, and systems of defense and resistance as vehicles to explore the shifting, precarious, and fragile balance of dual structures: past and future, black and white, joined and divided. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, most recently at Rooster Gallery Contemporary Art, New York, NY, World Chess Hall of Fame, Saint Louis, MO, Gridchinhall, Moscow, Russia and at the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY. Lifanova received her Master of Fine Art degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been awarded the Fulbright Fellowship for Installation Art. The artist lives and works in New York.
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