Esther Choi (b. Toronto, Canada) is a multidisciplinary artist and writer based in New York. Her photographs, sculptures, installations, social sculptures, and writing have examined how environments and quotidian objects can shape subjectivities and bring different human and nonhuman constituencies in relation.
Informed by her training in architectural history, her work approaches the histories and artefacts of the built and managed environments as tools to probe the politics of sociability and sharing in and with the commons. She has explored food as a sculptural, spatial, and social medium in Fluxus-inspired occasions that have sought to transform the increasingly rarified activities of commensality and aesthetic connoisseurship into accessible and unusual configurations of kinship. She is presently at work on a book based on these events entitled Le Corbuffet for publication with Prestel in 2019.
Choi is the coeditor of two books: Architecture Is All Over (Columbia Books on Architecture, 2017) and Architecture at the Edge of Everything Else (MIT Press, 2010). 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 has participated in speaking engagements at Cranbrook Art Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, University of Michigan, Cranbrook Art Academy, Harvard Graduate School of Design, among others.
She studied photography and architectural history and theory at Princeton University, Harvard University, Concordia University, and Ryerson University. Her dissertation explores the exchanges that took place between British modern architects, biologists, writers, and artists to reimagine a new world order and a reconstructed human nature in the period between and following the two World Wars.
She has shot photographs for T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Another Magazine, Another Man, and Vice Records.