Trained in photography and architectural history and theory, Esther Choi's work adopts different formats: from photographs and videos to installations, books, sculptures and texts. Bridging disciplines, her diverse practice has focused on the social architectures of everyday life, often examining the political potential of ordinary spaces and rituals to act as tools for cultural analysis. In her projects, history and photography are not regarded as ways to simply record facts, but rather as complex practices of description that can reveal the prevailing ideas, assumptions and experiences of an era.
She is the creator of Le Corbuffet (Prestel, 2019), an artist’s book that appropriates the cookbook format to explore how the cultural canon is consumed and reproduced. Her photographs have been commissioned by publications such as T: The New York Times Style Magazine and Dazed and Confused.
Choi’s essays on topics related to social practice, ecological politics and the image economy have appeared in Artforum, Art Papers, and PIN-UP, and in publications for the Walker Art Center and ETH Zürich. She is the coeditor of Architecture At the Edge of Everything Else (MIT Press, 2010) and Architecture Is All Over (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2017).
Choi has a PhD in the History and Theory of Architecture from Princeton University. She holds degrees from Harvard Graduate School of Design, Concordia University and Ryerson University.
Born in Toronto, Canada, she lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.