Trained in photography and architectural history and theory, Esther Choi's work adopts many different formats: from photographs and installations to videos, books and texts. Bridging disciplines, her diverse practice has focused on the political relations that shape the social architectures of everyday life, often reimagining quotidian spaces, rituals and cultural forms as sites for critical inquiry. Along with an interest in the erasures within dominant historical narratives, her work engages with the history of photography, pushing against imaging conventions or employing non-traditional materials.
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 writing 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 Zurich. 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.