Esther Choi (b. 1977, Toronto, Canada) is a multidisciplinary artist and writer based in New York. Her work looks to the histories and artefacts of design, alongside ordinary materials, as tools to explore the politics of sociability and sharing.
Her photographs, sculptures, installations, social sculptures, and writing seek to understand how environments and quotidian objects can shape identities, values, and initiate new ways of being in the world. Her early photo- and video-based installations questioned the relationship between perception, space, and subjectivity. Since 2015, she has explored food as a sculptural and social medium in Fluxus-inspired occasions of hospitality that probe and blur the boundaries between art, design, and everyday life. She is presently at work on a book based on these events entitled Le Corbuffet for publication with Prestel in 2019. Operating in the cookbook-as-artwork idiom, the book's action scripts and photographs seek to transform commensality and aesthetic connoisseurship into accessible and creative experiences of kinship.
Her writing has appeared in Artforum, Art Papers, The Journal of Architectural Education, Architectural Review, 032c/ SSENSE, and PIN-UP. She has also contributed essays to exhibition catalogues such as Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia (2015) and Reaper: Richard Hamilton, Sigfried Giedion (2017). Choi is the coeditor of Architecture Is All Over (Columbia Books on Architecture, 2017) and Architecture at the Edge of Everything Else ( MIT Press, 2010).
She studied photography, studio art, and architectural history and theory at Princeton University, Harvard University, Concordia University, and Ryerson University.
Her photographs have appeared in Dazed and Confused, Another Magazine, Another Man, and Vice Records.