Trained in photography and architectural history and theory, Esther Choi's work adopts many different formats: from photographs and installations to videos, discussions, social sculptures, and texts. Bridging disciplines, she has created works that reimagine historical legacies and artifacts to critically explore contemporary topics related to identity, social practices, and representation. Her projects have explored issues such as the privatization of culture, the politics of how "nature" is represented, the biases of collective historical memory, and how representation can be reframed as a process of collaborative parafiction.
She is the creator of Le Corbuffet (Prestel, 2019), a conceptual art project that appropriates the conventions of cookbook publishing to question how historical canons are consumed and reproduced. The project has been featured internationally in publications such as Vogue, New York Magazine, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Vanity Fair (France), Fuet Magazine and The Globe and Mail. Her work has been presented at A/D/O Brooklyn (2018), Princeton University (2018), Warsaw Under Construction Festival (2015), Venice Architecture Biennale (2014), Lisbon Triennial (2013), Elektra Festival International Arts Numériques (2009), and Harvard University (2007).
Her critical essays and interviews have appeared in magazines including Artforum, Art Papers, and PIN-UP, as well as in publications for art institutions such as the Walker Art Center and Guggenheim. She is the coeditor of two anthologies that explore interdisciplinary approaches to architecture: Architecture At the Edge of Everything Else (MIT Press, 2010) and Architecture Is All Over (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2017).
Choi has a PhD in the History and Theory of Architecture from Princeton University. She holds degrees from Harvard Graduate School of Design, Concordia University, and Ryerson University.
Born in Toronto, Canada, she lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.