Esther Choi is a Canadian artist and writer currently living in New York. Based on her training in the fields of art and architectural history, her work explores how the histories and artefacts of architecture and design can perform as instruments to propose new subjectivities and catalyse social transformations. Throughout her artwork, publications, and writing, Choi approaches the built and managed environments as constructs produced through relations and structures of power, and opportunities to examine the politics of sociability in the present.
As an artist, she has created photographs, videos, installations, objects, and social sculptures that seek to bring different constituencies in relation through sensory engagement and participation. Her earlier installations explored questions of identity through the creation of perceptually destabilizing environments. Since 2015, she has used the medium of food in occasions of hospitality called “Le Corbuffets” rooted in the Fluxus ideal of arte-vita or re-integrating the presence of art in everyday life. These participatory situations have involved the translation of works of art and design into edible sculptures and sensory experiences, transforming the consumptive act of eating into situations of kinship. She is presently at work on a conceptual cookbook entitled Le Corbuffet for publication with Prestel in 2019. More recently, the project has expanded to involve the creation of functional sculptures, inspired by ancient pottery, that destabilise eating rituals to explore the politics of sharing.
As a writer, her work has explored the social, political, and ethical intersections between art, architecture, and the sciences. She is the coeditor of two books: 'Architecture Is All Over' (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 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, 032c/ SSENSE, and PIN-UP, and exhibition catalogues such as 'Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia' and 'Reaper: Richard Hamilton, Sigfried Giedion'.
Her photographs have appeared in Dazed and Confused, Another Magazine, Another Man, and Vice Records. She is currently completing her PhD in Architectural History and Theory at Princeton University.