Esther Choi (b. 1977, Toronto) works in photography, installation and writing. Stemming from an interest in social architectures, her work frequently explores ordinary spaces and objects as tools to propose forms of social exchange and cultural inquiry. Trained as a photo-based artist and an architecture historian and theorist, she often draws upon historical narratives and artifacts as constructs rooted in ideologies and structures of power, and reimagines them to shed light on social and political systems in the present.
A recipient of the 2019 Richard Rogers Fellowship, Choi has been honoured with grants and awards from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Society of Architectural Historians, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada, Princeton University, Harvard University and the Centre Interuniversitaire Des Arts Médiatiques.
Choi's writing on topics in the constellations of art, design, political ecology and biopolitics have appeared in journals such as Artforum, Art Papers, The Journal of Architectural Education, Architectural Review and PIN-UP. She is the coeditor of two volumes of architectural theory: Architecture Is All Over (Columbia Books on Architecture, 2017) and Architecture at the Edge of Everything Else (MIT Press, 2010). Her essays have been included in exhibition catalogues such as Hippie Modernism (Walker Art Center, 2015) and Reaper: Richard Hamilton, Sigfried Giedion (ETH Zurich, 2017).
Her forthcoming book Le Corbuffet, a conceptual artwork that explores food and the domestic sphere as tools to resist the commodification of culture, will be published by Prestel in Fall 2019. Choi's photographs have appeared in publications such as T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Dazed and Confused and AnOther Magazine.
She holds a BFA from Ryerson University, an MFA from Concordia University, a MDes from Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.