Esther Choi (b. Toronto, Canada) is an artist and writer based in New York. Informed by her training in photography and the history and theory of architecture, she has produced installations, photographs, sculptures, social sculptures, and texts that seek to bring different constituencies in relation to examine the dynamics of sociability and intersubjectivity.
Since 2015, she has explored food as a social medium and design tool in Fluxus-inspired occasions. Revolving around sculptural dishes inspired by canonical works of art and design, these events or "Le Corbuffets" have sought to transform the increasingly rarified activities of commensality and aesthetic connoisseurship into productive configurations of kinship that explore the politics of sharing. She is presently at work on a conceptual cookbook based on these events entitled Le Corbuffet for publication with Prestel in 2019.
Choi is the coeditor of two books: Architecture Is All Over (Columbia Books on Architecture, 2017) and Architecture at the Edge of Everything Else (MIT Press, 2010). Her writing has appeared in Artforum, Art Papers, The Journal of Architectural Education, Architectural Review, 032c/ SSENSE, and PIN-UP. She has also contributed essays to exhibition catalogues such as Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia (2015) and Reaper: Richard Hamilton, Sigfried Giedion (2017). Choi has participated in speaking engagements at Cranbrook Art Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, University of Michigan, Concordia University, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and other institutions.
She holds degrees from Princeton University, Harvard University, Concordia University, and Ryerson University. Her dissertation explores the visions of social change that informed exchanges and collaborations between British architects, biologists, writers, and artists in the period between and following the two World Wars.
She has shot photographs for T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Another Magazine, Another Man, and Vice Records.