Esther Shalev-Gerz

Based in Paris, Esther Shalev-Gerz is internationally recognized for her seminal contributions to the field of art in the public realm and her consistent investigation into the construction of memory, history, the natural world, democracy and cultural identities. Her works challenge the notion and practice of portraiture and consider how its qualities may contribute to contemporary discourse about the politics of representation.

Her monuments, installations, photography, video and public sculpture are developed through active dialogue, consultation and negotiation with people whose participation provides an emphasis to their individual and collective memories, accounts, opinions and experiences which then become both represented and considered.

Constantly inquiring into transitional qualities of time and space and the correlative transformation of identities, locales and (hi)stories Esther Shalev-Gerz has produced a body of work that simultaneously records, critiques, and contributes to our understandings of the societal roles and value of artistic practice.

Esther Shalev-Gerz, born Gilinsky, was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. Her family moved to Jerusalem in 1957. She graduated with a BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, 1979. She lived in New York in 1980-1981. Since 1984 she lives and works between Paris and Cortes Island, Canada. She had received grants and generous support from, among others, the DAAD, Berlin in 1990, from IASPIS Stockholm in 2002, from The Wolfsonian, FIU, Miami in 2011, from the QoG Institute, Göteborg University, Sweden in 2011 and from the Swedish Research Council in 2010-2013. From 2003 to 2015 she was a Professor in the MA at Valand Art School, Göteborg University Sweden.

 

Shalev-Gerz is represented by Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts, jsvcPROJECTS/London, Sprovieri Gallery, London and Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen.

Exhibitions

Shows & works in public space (selection)

2017

« Sharing a World », in Contagious Concern and Courage, group exhibition in 12 cities of the Gothenburg region, Sweden, February – May

« Esther Shalev-Gerz – The Factory is Outside », one-woman exhibition, Serlachius Museum Gustaf, Mänttä, Finland, April 1st – April 2018

« Les Parenthèses », proposition for an artistic intervention in Plateforme 10, Lausanne, Switzerland

2016

« Our Work », group exhibition, Lunds Konsthall, Sweden, January 23rd – April 10th

« Esther Shalev-Gerz », one-woman exhibition, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen, Denmark, January 29th – February 27th

« The Morphology of Archive », group exhibition, Museum of Goa, India, February 12th – May 2nd

« Esther Shalev-Gerz », One-woman exhibition, Wasserman Projects, Detroit, USA, April 29th – July 9th

« Les Inséparables », inauguration of the permanent installation in public space, Geneva, Switzerland, May 20th

« Anges Inséparables – La Maison éphémère pour Walter Benjamin », MAMCO, Geneva, Switzerland, May 21st – September 4th

« Bois mort », one-woman exhibition, La Halle-Centre d’art, Pont-en-Royans, France, June 3rd – September 4th

« The Gold Room », a new commission, in the group exhibition « History Unfolds », Swedish History Museum, Stockholm, Sweden, November 18th – November 19th 2017

2015

« Beyond the Monument », group exhibition, HEAD/PIMPA, Le Commun, BAC, Geneva, Switzerland, January 16th – February 15th

« The Garden of Forking Paths », group exhibition, Sobering Galerie, Paris, France, January 29th – February 28th

« I remember the Armenian genocide… », group exhibition, Sobering Galerie, Paris, France, April 16th – May 5th

« Laughter and Forgetting », Bucharest Art Week 2015, group exhibition, Bucharest, Romania, October 9th – 16th

« Holding Ground », group exhibition, Wave Pool Gallery, Cincinnati, USA, October 16th – November 20th

2014

“Codex”, group show, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, USA, January 23rd – March 29th

“Un espace, des espaces”, group show, works from the FRAC BRETAGNE collection, Lycée Chateaubriand, Rennes, France, February 7th – 27th

“Esther Shalev-Gerz”, one-woman show, four installations, video, sound, photography, Galerie de l’UQAM, Montreal, Canada, March 7th – April 12th

“D’eux/On Two”, video projection and sound, La nuit de la philosophie, Institut Français, Berlin, Germany, June 13th

2013

“Esther Shalev-Gerz”, one-woman show, five installations, video, sound, photography, Helen and Morris Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada, January 11th – April 7th

“As if Silence(s)”, group show, Tjolöholm Castle, Sweden, May 4th – June 2nd

“Ulysses, L’autre Mer”, group show, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Saint-Brieuc, France, June 15th – August 25th

“Canadian National Holocaust Monument” in Ottawa the team of Shalev-Gerz among the 6 finalists to develop design concept for the monument, October 24th

2012

“Esther Shalev-Gerz”, one-woman show, video, photography, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, Canada, March 24th – June 16th

“Esther Shalev-Gerz, Entre l’écoute et la parole”, one-woman show, survey retrospective exhibition, Musée cantonal des beaux-arts de Lausanne
Lausanne, Switzerland, September 21st – January 6th 2013

“Imagine – Art and Process at Wanas”, collective exhibition, Skissernas Museum | Museum of Public Art, Lunds Universitet, Lund, Sweden, October 26th – April 1st 2013

“MenschenDinge”, in the group show “Newtopia, The State of Human Rights”, video installation, Kazerne Dossin, Mechelen, Belgium, November 26th – March 31st 2013

“Describing Labor”, one-woman show, video, sound, photography installation, The Wolfsonian- Florida International University, Miami Beach, USA, December 3rd – April 20th 2013

Works in public Collections

Fond Regional d’Art Contemporain de Bretagne Rennes (France)
Skissernas Museum Lund (Sweden)
Sprengel Museum Hannover (Germany)
MacVal Vitry-sur-Seine (France)
Kulturbehörde Hambourg (Germany)
Fond d’Art Public Stockholm (Sweden)
UNO park Geneva (Switzerland)
City of Marl (Germany)
Wanas Foundation Östra Göinge (Sweden)
Collection d’art contemporain de la Ville de Marseille (France)
Musée Henri Martin Cahors (France)
Musée Municipale de La Roche-sur-Yon (France)
Manufacture des Gobelins Paris (France)
Buchenwald Memorial (Germany)
Fondation Cartier Paris (France)
Environment Trust Glasgow (UK)
Maison Européenne de la Photographie Paris (France)
Collection de la Fondation Hippocrene Paris (France)
Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts/Lausanne (Switzerland)
The Wolfsonian-FIU Miami Beach (USA)
The Israel Museum Jerusalem (Israel)
Fonds d’art contemporain de la Ville de Genève (Switzerland)
The Hasselblad Foundation (Sweden)
The Serlachius Museums (Finland)

Conferences

2017

Talk: Between Listening and Telling, A conversation between Esther Shalev-Gerz and Elvira Dyangani Ose, JW3, London, UK, May 16th

Keynote: in the international conference Where Photography Belongs, arranged by the Copenhagen Photo Festival and Art Historian Charlotte Praestegaard Shwartz, The National Museum for Photography, The Royal Library, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 8th

Speaker: mainstage session: Living History: Memorials, Monuments And Civic Identity, in CityLab Paris 2017, organized by The Atlantic, The Aspen Institute and Bloomberg Philanthropies, Paris, France, October 24th

Keynote: in the conference Sense of Space in Leprosy and other Segregation Settlements: Memory-art, Disability and Segregation in a World Perspective, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, November 22nd

Keynote: in the conference Genocide Memorialization: Political Imaginaries and Public Materialities, Valand Academy, School of Global Studies, Center for Critical Heritage Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, December 1st

Talk: in the seminar The Life of Stories, The filmed Witness, conversation with Emmanuel Alloa, EUROM, University of Barcelona, Spain, December 13th

 

2016

Talk: Esther Shalev-Gerz on Sharing the World in Flying Carpet #27, IASPIS, Stockholm, Sweden, October 27th

Conference: Las materialidades de la violencia – de restos y nombres, in Materia Oscura, MUNAL, Mexico City, Mexico, November 3rd

2015

Symposium: Mass Violence, Memorialisation and Art Practices, HEAD/PIMPA, Le Commun, BAC, Geneva, Switzerland, January 22nd – 23rd

Seminar: IN EXTENSO-Boiler Room: Quelles pratiques curatoriales à l’ère du nomadisme et de la dématérialisation?, Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris, France, April 13th

Lecture: Esther Shalev-Gerz in Conversation with Hans Ruin and Johan Redin, The Swedish History Museum, Stockholm, Sweden, April 17th

Talk: Esther Shalev-Gerz, Stockholm Art Book Fair, Sweden, April 19th

Symposium: Trust and Dialogue, international symposium to mark the conclusion of Prof. Shalev-Gerz’s three-year artistic research project Trust and the Unfolding Dialogue, Valand Academy, Gothenburg University, Sweden, June 3rd-4th

Talk: Esther Shalev-Gerz, in Speak Easy, GIBCA 2015, Folkteatrn, Gothenburg, Sweden, September 8th

Keynote: Reading, telling, singing. On memorizing and remembering, in The Ethos of History, Time, Memory, Representation, Histcon Research Project, Södertöns University, Sweden, September 10th

2014

Book Launch: The Contemporary Art of Trusting Uncertainties and Unfolding Dialogue, Le Jeu de Paume, Paris, France, January 16th

Conference: The Contemporary Art of Trusting Uncertainties and Unfolding Dialogues, Institut supérieur des arts, Toulouse, France, January 22nd

Conference: Passages entre art et philosophie, Institut supérieur des arts, Toulouse, France, January 23rd

Conference: Esther Shalev-Gerz, Facultés des arts, Ecoles des arts visuels et médiatiques, UQAM, Montreal, Canada, March 5th

Conference: Esther Shalev-Gerz in the symposium Europe. The City Is Burning, Stadtkuratorin, Hamburg, Germany, May 24th

Conference: Esther Shalev-Gerz in Forums 2014, Espaces Partagés, Espaces de Traductions, études de cas, Ecole Supérieure d’Art et de Design Marseille-Méditerranée, Marseille, France, May 28th

Ellen Johanne Roed, who was accompanied by Esther Shalev-Gerz in her research in the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme, presented the artistic outcomes of her research in her exhibition « Skyvaelere », gallery 3,14, Bergen, Norway, from June to August and her critical Reflection on Artistic Results of a Fellowship Project in Artistic Research was approved in August.

Conference: Memory and Monumentality, in the workshop Aesthetics of Memory, Center for the Study of Jewish Thought in Moderne Culture, Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, October 21st

Conference: Describing Labor, neon, Valand Academy Research Day, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, December 8th

Bibliography

2017

Peter Cornell, “History Unfolds på Historiska museet”, konsten.net, http://konsten.net/history-unfolds-pa-historiska-museet/, Sweden, January 10th

Kristina Maria Mezei, “History Unfolds, Att göra det förflutna synligt”, omkonst, http://www.omkonst.com/17-history-unfolds-historiska-museet.shtml, Sweden, January 31st

Katrin Niklasson, “Konstprojekt belyser rädsla och mod”, Alingsås Tidning, http://paper.opoint.com/?id_site=87543&id_article=57020&code=65, Sweden, January 31st

“Serlachius-museon näyttelyssä Esther Shalev-Gerz kuvaa identiteetin ja työn käsitteen muutoksia”, Amusa Kultuuritori, http://amusa.fi/fin/foorumi/?nid=4076, Finalnd, April 1st

Hans Ruin, “Esther-Shalev-Gerz, The Gold Room”, in History Unfolds, Historiska Museet and Art and Theory Publishings, Sweden, April 20th

Annina Vaino, “Koneet eivät pelasta, vaan mielikuvitus”, Helsingin Sanomat Lauataina, Helsinki, Finland, June 3rd

2016

Asa Nacking, Emil Larsson, « Vart Arbete/Our Work », Lunds konsthall, Lund, Sweden, January 23rd

Linda Fagerström, « Värdet av arbetet », Sydsvenskan, Sweden, January 26th

Dan Jönsson,  » ‘Vart arbete’ pa Lunds konsthall och ‘Massa i rörelse’ pa Kalmar konstmuseum », Dagens Nyheter, Sweden, January 28th

Lisa Movius, « Heritage lost: how two art and design exhibitions frame China’s transformation », The Art Newspaper, United Kingdom, February 4th

Robert Clark, « Esther Shalev-Gerz », The Guardian, guide, United-Kingdom, May 7th – 13th

Delphine Palma, “Installation des Inséparables”, in Le Journal, TV show, Léman Bleu, http://www.lemanbleu.ch/replay/video.html?VideoID=29521, Geneva, Switzerland, May 9th

Colin Gleadell, « Art Sales: London celebrates photography », The Telegraph, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/art/art-sales-london-celebrates-photography/ , United Kingdom, May 10th

« [Genève] Art contemporain: la Ville chie deux pendules », Renversé.ch, https://renverse.ch/Geneve-Art-contemporain-la-ville-chie-deux-pendules-619 , Switzerland, May 16th

Irène Languin, « La Nuit genevoise des musées a cartonné », Tribune de Genève, http://www.tdg.ch/culture/petits-grands-joue-sorciers/story/21973506 , Switzerland, May, 23rd

Josiane Guilloud-Cavat, “Lionel Bovier revisite la collection du MAMCO”, Espaces Contemporains, http://espacescontemporains.ch/art/lionel-bovier-revisite-la-collection- du-mamco , Switzerland, May 23rd

Delphine Palma, “Interviews de l’artiste Esther Shalev-Gerz et de la repsonsable du Fonds d’art contemporain Michèle Freiburghaus-Lens”, Le Journal de la Culture, TV show, Léman Bleu, http://www.lemanbleu.ch/Scripts/Modules/CustomView/List.aspx?idn=9993&name=R eplaySearch&VideoID=29623&EmissionID=17477, Geneva, Switzerland, May 23rd

Emmanuel Grandjean, « Une nouvelle ère s’ouvre au MAMCO », Le Temps, Switzerland, May 28th

Delphine Volokhine-Petro, « Horloge infinie », Les Nouvelles du Pâquis, www.nouvelles-ge.ch , Geneva, Switzerland, June 1st

Etienne Dumont, « MAMCO/Lionel Bovier, l’art contemporain et le temps selon Fernand Braudel », Bilan, www.bilan.ch , Switzerland, June 1st

Suzanne Chessler, « Moments of Humanity », Detroit Jewish News, USA, June 2nd

Samuel Schellenberg, « Cinquante ans pour un récit », Le Courrier, http://www.lecourrier.ch/139633/cinquante_ans_pour_un_recit , Geneva, Switzerland, June 3rd

Françoise Daudeville, « Anniversaire de La Halle: trente ans d’accès à la culture en milieu rural », Le Mémorial de l’Isère, Saint Marcellin, France, June 10th

Françoise Daudeville,  » ‘Bois mort’ de Esther Shalev-Gerz à La halle de Pont-en-Royans », Le Mémorial de l’Isère, Saint Marcellin, France, June 10th

Sarah Rose Sharp, ‘Registering the Moment of Remembrance », HYPERALLERGIC, http://hyperallergic.com/308804/registering-the-moment-of-remembrance/ , USA, July 1st

Matthew Biro, “Esther Shalev-Gerz”, Art Forum, USA, October

Sebastian Johans, “Hisnande upplevelse pa Historiska”, Upsala Nya Tidning, http://www.unt.se/kultur-noje/konst/hisnande-upplevelse-pa-historiska-4449515.aspx , Sweden, November 16th

Marten Arndtzén, “Konst och normkritik pa Historiska”, Kulturnytt, Sveriges Radio, http://sverigesradio.se/sida/gruppsida.aspx?programid=478&grupp=18639&artikel=6566589 , Sweden, November 19th

Mans Hirschfeldt, “History Unfolds – ett kritiksamtal med Maja Hagerman och Marten Arndtzén”, P1 Kultur, Sveriges Radio, http://sverigesradio.se/sida/avsnitt/824354?programid=767&playepisode=824354 , Sweden, November 21st

Ingela Lind, “Historisk konst i “världsklass””, SVT NYHETER, http://www.svt.se/kultur/konst/om-ett-nystan-av-kontakter-och-referenser , Sweden, November 22nd

Brigitta Rubin, “History unfolds pa Historiska museet”, Dagens Nyheter, http://www.dn.se/kultur-noje/konstrecensioner/history-unfolds-pa-historiska-museet/ , Sweden, November 30th

Eva Bäckstedt, “History Unfolds/En reflection”, Svenska Dagbladet, http://www.svd.se/respektlost-och-tankvart-pa-historiska, Sweden, December 4th

Elisabeth Chardon, “21 artistes en lice pour créer l’emblème de Plateforme 10”, Le Temps, https://www.letemps.ch/culture/2016/12/09/21-artistes-lice-creer-lembleme-plateforme-10 , Switzerland, December 9th

Niclas Östlind, “Esther Shalev-Gerz – On trust, dialogue and the potential in art”, Artistic Research Yearbook 2016, Swedish Research Council, Sweden

Sebastian Johans, Grenar av samma kultur, HBL, https://www.hbl.fi/artikel/grenar-av- samma-kultur-2/, Finland, December, 17th

2015

Mats Burström, « Skrävor av 1900-tal », Nordic Academic Press, Lund, Sweden

Elisabeth Millqvist, « Doubling », The Wanas Foundation, Wanas, Sweden

Les matinales d’Espace 2, “Au-delà du monument”, RTS, Geneva, Switzerland, January 14th

Elisabeth Chardon, “La mémoire du tragique, Au-delà du monument”, Le Temps, Geneva, Switzerland, January 16th

Samuel Schellenberg, “Exercice de stèle”, Le Mag, rendez-vous culturel du Courrier, Geneva, Switzerland, January 17th

Catherine Radosa, « micro monument(s) », published with the support of Galerie Nivet-Carzon, Paris, March

Jean-Marc Cerino, « L’écoute – Entretien avec Esther Shalev-Gerz », in « Temps exposés. Histoire et mémoire dans l’art récent », esban, Nîmes, March

Boris Ivanov, « In the Monument », online documentary, Interfilm Productions, http://www.inthemonument.com, Canada, April

« Je me souviens du génocide arménien… 1915-2015″, catalogue of the exhibition, Sobering Gallery, Paris, France, April

« Public Safety, Skoghall (SE) », edited by Jörgen Svensson, Konstnärsnämnden, eddy.se ab, Sweden, May

Ingela Lind, « Esther Shalev-Gerz: The Portrait of Stories », in « Public Safety, Skoghall (SE) », edited by Jörgen Svensson, Konstnärsnämnden, eddy.se ab, Sweden, May

« Esther Shalev-Gerz, The Last Click », Exit 59, Spain, July

Aaron Rosen, « The 10 Best Monuments », The Guardian, London, United Kingdom, October 15th

« Asia Time », catalogue of the 1st Asia Biennial and 5th Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China, December

2014

Carys Mills, « National Holocaust Monument finalists unveiled », Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Canada, February 20th

Alex Bozikovic, “Renowned architects and artists reveal visions for new Canadian Holocaust Monument”, The Globe and Mail, Toronto, Canada, February 26th

 Janice Arnold, “About Town-Israeli Artist at UQAM”, The Canadian Jewish NewsConcord, Canada, March 4th

Philip Stevens, “national holocaust monument schemes by daniel libeskind + david adjaye”, design boomMilan, Italy, March 4th

CJN Staff, “National Holocaust Monument, Design ideas unveiled for Ottawa landmark”, The Canadian Jewish News, Concord, Canada, March 6th

Esther Shalev-Gerz, Conference, ICI | Programme de conferences UQAM, Montreal, Canada, March 12th

Anne-Marie Yvon, “La mémoire en mouvement”, RCIMontreal, Canada, March 13th

John Pohl, “Visual Arts: Artist takes history at face value”, The Gazette, Montrealgazette.com Montreal, Canada, March 14th

Eric Clément, “Esther Shalev-Gerz: heritage, créativité et paix”, La Presse.ca Montreal, Canada, March 18th

Heather Solomon, “International artist sees Holocaust through a new prism”, The Canadian Jewish News, Toronto, Canada, March 27th

Esther Shalev-Gerz, “Describing Labor”, Neon Installation, in Arton (24), Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, May

Jacqueline Rose, “Women in Dark Times”, Bloomsbury, London, UK, September

2013

Shawn Corner, « Works Plumb the Meaning of memory », Vancouver Sun, Vancouver, Canada, January 10th

Robin Laurence, « Esther Shalev-Gerz Exhibition Shifts and Drifts Across Time and Place », Straight.com, Vancouver, Canada, January 15th

Anne Tschida, « 20th Century Movements », The Miami Herald, Miami, USA, January 27th

Olga Livshin, « Memory and Identity Merge », The Jewish Independent, Vancouver, canada, February 15th

Georges Didi-Huberman, « Blancs-Soucis », Les Editions de Minuit, Paris France, March

Jérémy André, « Lier intimement l’art et la mémoire », La Source – The Source, Vancouver, Canada, March 4th

Kimberly Phillips, « Esther Shalev-Gerz », ARTFORUM International Magazine, Critics’ Picks, New York, USA, March 19th

Nathaniel Sandler, « Describing Labor », ARTSlant, Miami, USA, April 8th

Esther Shalev-Gerz, « Artist lecture: Esther Shalev-Gerz », at the Detroit Institute of Arts, YouTube, April 27th

« Haupt Collection, Thirty Pieces of Silver – Art and Money », Edition Braus Berlin GmbH, Germany, September

Hedwig Brenner, « Jüdische Frauen in der bildenden Kunst V, Ein biographisches Verzeichnis », Hartung-Gorre Verlag, Germany, November