Christen Clifford


I use film, video, installation, performance, photography and sculpture to make work that connects collective healing, body politics, and sexual justice.

Christen Clifford is an artist whose most recent work is in film, installation and sculpture. She is a feminist performance artist, filmmaker, writer, curator, professor, actor, and mother. Her work has been seen at Eva Presenhuber, Project for Empty Space, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New Museum, Postmasters Gallery, SoHo20, AUNTSisdance, PS 122, Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Lab, Dixon Place, ArtShare LA, LACE, and Root Division.

Clifford’s first film, Cancer: A Love Story, is supported by the 2020 Women Make Movies Production Assistance Program. She was a 2019 ACE Hotel AIR, 2018 Feminist-in-Residence at Project for Empty Space and a 2018 IFP Screen Forward Fellow, and received grants and fellowships from NYFA, NYSCA, Ragdale, Museum of Motherhood and Some Serious Business. In 2019, she co-chaired with Jasmine Wahi “RAPE, REPRESENTATION, AND RADICALITY” for the Feminist Art Project’s national conference and created The New School’s inaugural Sexual Justice Symposium. She was a Girl Scout Leader and a mentor for Girls Write Now.

Clifford was the lead artist on #WeWishAnaMendietaWasStillAlive, a Feminist Public Action with No Wave Performance Task Force; she created PussyBow, a Feminist Public Action Disguised as a Fashion Accessory, and recent work includes Interiors: We Are All Pink Inside and IWantYourBlood, shown in Abortion Is Normal. Her work has been featured in Artforum, ArtNews, Artnet, Hyperallergic, Bookforum, Entertainment Weekly, Filmmaker Magazine, Dazed, Huffington Post, Guardian, Bustle, Vice, New York Times, and Mashable. Her own writing has been published in the bestselling anthology “Women in Clothes,” and Broadly, Guardian, Brooklyn Rail, and Hyperallergic.

Clifford’s studio is in Newark at Project for Empty Space, she teaches at The New School and curates at Dixon Place. She lives with her partner and their two children.

Selected Works