Esther Choi is a multidisciplinary artist and writer. Her research-based practice––spanning photography, moving image installation, experimental pedagogy, and historical scholarship––explores the politics of worldmaking as they relate to social, economic, and climatory realities; the design and abstraction of nature and human nature; and the intersections between art, architecture, and the biological sciences.
In 2020, she conceived of Office Hours, a BIPOC-led experiment in radical pedagogy as artistic practice. Office Hours has hosted 38+ events centered on the sharing of liberatory worldmaking knowledge amongst BIPOC cultural practitioners; these sessions have been attended by 2000+ people of the global majority in over 20 nations and countries.
She has exhibited at Texas State Galleries; University of Tennessee, Knoxville; The Camera Club of New York; Angell Gallery, Toronto; Fonderie Darling , Montréal; Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, Montréal; Galerie Thérèse Dion, Montréal; Venice Biennale 14th International Architecture; Lisbon Triennial; and other venues. Her work has been featured in 032C, Elephant, Artnet, PIN-UP, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Architectural Digest, and more. Choi is the creator of the artist's book Le Corbuffet (Prestel, 2019), which was nominated for a James Beard Award for photography.
Choi's writing has been published in periodicals such as Artforum, E-Flux Architecture, Art Papers, Journal of Architectural Education, Architectural Review, and SSENSE. She the coeditor of two anthologies: Architecture At the Edge of Everything Else (MIT Press, 2010) and Architecture Is All Over (Columbia U, 2017).
Choi has received awards, grants, and fellowships for her work from: the Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Council for the Arts, The Asian American Arts Alliance, Graham Foundation, Getty Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, Society of Architectural Historians, and The Ford Foundation, among others. She was a 2019 Resident of the Richard Rogers Fellowship in London, UK.
From 2022-2023, Choi will be a Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellow. Choi is an Adjunct Associate Professor at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. She holds a PhD from Princeton University and degrees from Harvard University (MDes), Concordia University (MFA), and Toronto Metropolitan University (BFA).