Esther Choi (b. 1977, Canada) works in photography, sculpture, installation, and performance. Stemming from an interest in social architectures and the politics of intersubjectivity, her work frequently incorporates quotidian objects as tools to propose new models of relation-building, generating situations that link persons and things in unexpected ways. Trained as an architecture historian and theorist, she often draws upon history, its narratives, and its material artifacts as constructs rooted in ideologies and systems of power, and reimagines them to understand social and biopolitical structures in the present.
Upcoming exhibitions include a solo show at Texas State Galleries in 2020, and a group exhibition at the Casa de Vidro, designed by Lina Bo Bardi, for Everyday, the XII International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo in 2019. She is publishing Le Corbuffet, a conceptual artwork that appropriates the conventions of cookbook publishing to reframe the domestic sphere as a space for creatively resisting the privatization of culture. The book will be released by Prestel in fall 2019.
Choi often writes on topics within the constellation of art, design, biopolitics, and political engagement as an extension of her practice. She is the coeditor of 'Architecture Is All Over' (Columbia Books on Architecture, 2017) and 'Architecture at the Edge of Everything Else' (MIT Press, 2010). Her essays have appeared in Artforum, Art Papers, The Journal of Architectural Education, Architectural Review, and PIN-UP. She has contributed to exhibition catalogues such as 'Hippie Modernism' (Walker Art Center, 2015) and 'Reaper' (ETH Zurich, 2017).
She has a Ph.D. in Architectural History and Theory from Princeton University, as well as degrees from Harvard Graduate School of Design, Concordia University, and Ryerson University. Choi has had teaching appointments at OCAD University in Toronto, and The Cooper Union and The New School in New York City. She has participated in speaking engagements at the Museum of Modern Art, E-flux, Cranbrook Museum, Sci-Arc, University of Michigan, Harvard GSD, Sarah Lawrence College, The Centre for Experimental Humanities at NYU, among other venues.