Ann Hirsch (b. 1985) is a video and performance artist based in New York. Her work engages with the contemporary portrayal of women in media. Often acting as an amateur social scientist, Hirsch inserts herself into popular culture, reporting back her findings in the form of art works.

Past performances include appearances on reality TV shows Oddities on the Science Channel and Frank the Entertainer…In a Basement Affair on Vh1 in 2010. Hirsch has also performed at KANSAS Gallery, 2012; Interstate Projects, 2012; and American Medium, 2012, among others. Previous awards include the Rhizome Commission 2012-2013. Past residencies include Yaddo artist residency, Saratoga Springs, NY; Atlantic Center for the Arts artist-in-residence, New Smyrna Beach, FL; and Contemporary Artists Center artist-in-residence, Troy, NY.

During her Swing Space residency, Hirsch will be working on her new performance piece, Playground, that will premiere on October 4 at the New Museum. Playground will focus on an intimate and autobiographical relationship Hirsch engaged in with an older man over AOL in the late nineties, when she was twelve-years-old.

Image credit: courtesy of the artist