Esther Choi (b. Toronto, Canada) is a multidisciplinary artist and writer. Informed by her training in visual art and the history and theory of architecture, her practice has examined the themes of intersubjectivity, identity, and institutional critique in myriad formats, from photographs and discussions to installations and theoretical texts. She is most interested in exploring how ordinary tools like photographs, food, and buildings can propose new models of subjectivity and social transformation, and produce centers of gravity that reveal the inherent—and sometimes contradictory—connections between constituencies, persons, and things.
Her photographs have been published in T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Another Magazine, and Another Man. She is presently working on a participatory photography-based project with a group of aspiring fashion designers in New Orleans that examines issues of identity, race, and intersectionality through style and self-representation.
Her writing has appeared in art and architecture publications such as Artforum, Art Papers, The Journal of Architectural Education, Architectural Review, and PIN-UP, as well as exhibition catalogues such as Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia and Reaper: Richard Hamilton, Sigfried Giedion. A forthcoming participatory artwork in the form of a cookbook entitled Le Corbuffet, designed by Studio Lin, will be published by Prestel Publishing in the autumn of 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).
She has participated in speaking engagements at the Museum of Modern Art, Sci-Arc, Cranbrook Museum, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and other institutions. Her scholarship and projects have received support from SSHRC, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Society of Architectural Historians, among others.