Esther Shalev-Gerz

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. She graduated from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. 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. Since 1984 she lives and works in Paris.

She has exhibited internationally in, amongst other places, San Francisco, Paris, Berlin, London, Stockholm, Vancouver, Finland, Geneva, Guangzhou and New York. Significant retrospective exhibitions were presented at the Serlachius Museum, Mänttä, Finland (2017), Wasserman Projects, Detroit (2016), the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne (2012) and Jeu de Paume, Paris (2010).
She created permanent projects in public spaces in Hamburg, Galilee, Stockholm, Knislinge, Geneva, Glasgow and Vancouver. She has recently inaugurated her latest permanent art work, The Shadow, 2018 in the largest plaza of campus of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Her work can be found in major international public and private collections, more than 25 monographic publications have been published about her work.

Shalev-Gerz is represented by WASSERMAN PROJECTS, Detroit, Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts, jsvcPROJECTS/London, SPROVIERI, London and GALLERI SUSANNE OTTESEN, Copenhagen.

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


Shows & works in public space (selection)


Vilnius Album. 20 essays and 150 images of Vilnius, edited by the Lithuanian National Museum of Art for the 700th anniversary of the city, is publishing Plexus City, poem, and three photographs.

The Uncanny, Sigmund Freud und die Art, group exhibition, is showing Between Telling and Listening : last witnesses, Auschwitz 1945-2005, Wien, Austria, April 26th – Nov 4th

MBCA will install White Out – Between Telling and Listening in its permanent collection, Lausanne, March 15th – August 31st

Open Page will be part of a group exhibition at Wassermanprojects, Detroit, Michigan, January 20th – March 9th


Eye / View V, Concealed, group exhibition, showing First Generation, Videocity, Congress Centre, Basel, Nov 7th–Jan 7th 2024 

Inner Worlds. Sigmund Freud and Arts, curated by Nicole Fritz and Monica Pessler, and Kunsthalle Tübingen, is showing Between Telling and Listening : last witnesses, Auschwitz 1945-2005, Germany, oct 28th – march 3rd2024

Tübingen, Germany, October 28th 2023 – March 3rd 2024

The Crown Letter – Will we still want to dance tomorrow ? Tales for a future, group exhibition, French Institut, Prague, sept 13th – oct 4th

Matters of the Heart – A Journey though the Art Collection, Botkyrka Konsthall, Botkyrka, Sweden, March 11th – May 27th


IN VISIBLE, one-woman exhibition, Art Sorbonne Gallery, curated by Yann Toma and as part of Photo Days, Paris, October 3rd – November 4th

Metro Art Track, group exhibition, for the ‘Metro Art Programme’ in 2023, Shopping center, Dudley, England, July

Videocity, Bern Rex cinéma projection,  June 30th – July 27th

Inseparable Angels. An Imaginary House for Walther Benjamin, one-woman exhibition, Bauhaus-Museum Weimar, Weimar, Germany, March 12th – May 16th

The Crown Letter, group exhibition, as part of KG+, in connection with Kyotography, French Institute, Kyoto, Japan, April 9th – May 7th

Iconoclash, group exhibition, in connection with the collaborative project BEYOND MATTER: Cultural Heritage on the Verge of the Virtual Reality, Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany, starting June


The Crown Letter, Photo Days, group exhibition, Fondation Fiminco, Romainville, France, October 15th – November 28th

The Last Click, one-woman exhibition, Out of Sight, curated by Dušica Dražic, Antwerp, Belgium, October 9th – November 21st

Between Listening and Telling, Nuit Blanche, one-woman exhibition, Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris, France, October 2nd – October 3rd

The Crown Letter, Bienalsur, group exhibition, MAPI Museo, Montevideo, Uruguay, November 13th – December 13th

The Crown LetterEnvironmental Awareness – Chapter 4: The Crown Letter, Bienalsur, group exhibition, Centro Cultural Córdoba, Argentina, September 30th – February 15th 2022

IN VISIBLE, Philosophie et Art à l’UNESCO, group exhibition, celebrating the tenth anniversary of Les Nuits de la Philosophie organized by Mériam Korichi, UNESCO, Paris, France, September 17th – September 18th

The Crown Letter, Photo Days, group exhibition, Square de la Tour Saint-Jacques, Paris, August 1st – August 22nd, and Jardin Villemin, Paris, France, August 1st – August 31st

La cité sous le ciel – 93 artistes, CNEAI, group exhibition, Cité internationale universitaire de Paris, France, June 16th – August 29th

WEFRAC 2021, Road Trip: Quand les projets rhabillent le FRAC, group exhibition in the public space, FRAC Bretagne, France, April 17th – April 18th


Reflecting Pool, winter group exhibition, Wasserman Projects, Detroit, USA, January 31st – February 22nd

Takes part in Prefiguration Mission, Report to the French Prime Minister, future construction of the Museum-Memorial for Societies Facing Terrorism, France, March

The Crown Letter, group exhibition, “AUCIEL”, weekly from April 21st

Selection of works from Ritrovare Volterra, 1998 & Dead Wood, 2016, solo exhibition, POLPIS Capital, LLC, New York, USA, from July

Nicht Museum, group exhibition, Neumarkt, Dresden, Germany, July 25th


Sortir, group exhibition, Cité scolaire Beaumont, Works from the FRAC Bretagne collection, Redon, France, January 11th – February 6th

Esther Shalev-Gerz: Selections from the Gold Room, one-woman exhibition, Wasserman Projects, Detroit, USA, January 25th – March 23rd

love in the time of social media, group exhibition, Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zurich, Switzerland, March 16th – April 6th

Persona Grata?, group exhibition, Mac Val, Vitry-sur-Seine, March 30th – January 5th 2020


Between Listening and Telling, projection during the 11th Ceremony to the Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, UNESCO, Paris, France, January 25th

Esther Shalev-Gerz, one-woman exhibition, The Koffler Gallery, Toronto, Canada, April 5th – June 3rd

ON I OFF Muestra de Video, group exhibition, La Havana, Cuba, May 31st – June 22nd

The Shadow, permanent installation in public space, University Plaza, UBC, Vancouver Canada

Persona Grata, group-exhibition, Mac Val, Vitry-sur-Seine, October 16th– January 20th2019

Regards d’artistes, group-exhibition, Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris, December 12th– February 10th 2019


Les Inséparables, 2000, displayed in Facing Away From That Which Is Coming, by Andréa de Keijzer and Erin Robinsong, in Idéations Ludiques, March 16th– 19th

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

Movimenta Biennale #1, group exhibition, Nice, France, November 9th– 11th

Nessuno Escluso, group exhibition, Monaco, November 10th


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

Esther Shalev-Gerz – The Last Click, one-woman exhibition, JSVCprojects/London and Sprovieri Gallery, London, UK, May 12th – June 18th

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


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

Asia Time: 1st Asia Biennial/5th Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China, December 11th – April 10th, 2016


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

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

Esther Shalev-Gerz, one-woman exhibition, 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


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


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

Centre national des arts plastiques, Paris (France)
MacVal, Vitry-sur-Seine (France)
Manufacture des Gobelins, Paris (France)
Fondation Cartier, Paris (France)
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris (France)
Collection de la Fondation Hippocrène, Paris (France)
Fond Régional d’Art Contemporain de Bretagne, Rennes (France)
Collection d’art contemporain de la Ville de Marseille (France)
Musée Henry Martin, Cahors (France)
Musée Municipale de La Roche-sur-Yon (France)
Environment Trust, Glasgow (UK)
Kulturbehörde, Hambourg (Germany)
Sprengel Museum, Hannover (Germany)
Buchenwald Memorial (Germany)
City of Marl (Germany)
Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne (Switzerland)
UNO Park, Geneva (Switzerland)
Fonds d’art contemporain de la Ville de Genève (Switzerland)
The Hasselblad Foundation, Göteborg (Sweden)
The Swedish History Museum, Stockholm (Sweden)
Skissernas Museum, Lund (Sweden)
Fond d’Art Public, Stockholm (Sweden)
Wanas Foundation, Östra Göinge, Knislinge (Sweden)
The Serlachius Museums, Mänttä (Finland)
The Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver (Canada)
The Wolfsonian-FIU, Miami Beach (USA)
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (Israel)

Teaching & Conferences


Seminar: « Architecture et Mémoire » for the upcoming Musée Mémorial du Terrorisme, held at Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris, France, May 15th

Seminar: ”Memorials and Society, expectations, negotiations and artistic adaptations”, organized in parallel with the work of the National Memorial Site in the Government quarter, Oslo, Norway, March 15th

Conference: “From the Monument against Fascism to The Shadow” at PHD Studies in Estonian Academy of Arts, Talinn, Estonia, March 4-5th


Conference : “How can the artist inspire society to address violence without repeating it in the means chosen to represent it?” at the symposium Public Memory – Monuments Difficult Heritages, organized by the researcher Rebecka Katz Thor and the Statens konstrad Swedish Public Art Agency, Stockholm, Sweden, November 14th and 15th

Conference: “Cultural heritage, a conceptual policy”, for the newly published and eponymous book, National Museum of Art and Design, Stockholm, Sweden, February 9th


Conference: « IN VISIBLE”, as part of her exhibition at the Sorbonne Art Gallery and the INTERFACE 2022-2023 seminar directed by Jacinto Lageira & Yann Toma, Paris, November 9th

Conference: “Lesson in Public Art”, University of Wolverhampton, England, November 11th

Conference: “The Shadow, 2018 & The Monument Against Fascism, 1986”, for the Expert:innentag Programme « Erinnerungskultur in Veränderung. Zum Umgang mit dem 39er Denkmal auf dem Reeser Platz », Kunstkommission Düsseldorf, September 23rd

Virtual Salon of the Crown Letter Project, hosted by the Institut Français du Japon-Kansai and supported by Goethe-Institut Villa Kamogawa, May 7th

Conference: “Between The Shadow and the Monument against Fascism », Bauhaus-Museum Weimar, Germany, April 25th


Conference: “Between The Shadow and the Monument against Fascism”, for the 50 Years of the Kunsthalle Tübingen and the Berghof Foundation, Tübingen, Germany, December 2nd


Artist Talk: “Between the Shadow and The Monument Against Fascism”, Invited and Organized by the Courtauld Institute of Art at the Freud Museum, London, February 25th

Conference: “Dealing with the Trauma of an Undigested Past”, organized by the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vilnius, Lithuania, March 5-6th

Virtual Conference: 9th Litvak Days “A Memory Parks. Contemporary Art and Litvak Story.”, May 29th

Virtual Conference: “Talking Diplomacy Podcast, The Footprints of Historical Traumas in Personal Stories and Monuments”, June 12th

Conference: “Testimony Cycles”, in conversation with Isabelle Choko at the Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris, France, October 1st

Jury panel: Jury member for the Vilnius Monument for Lithuanian residents who saved Jews during the War, Lithuania, December


Lecture: Regards d’artistes, Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris, France, January 23rd

Lecture: Rencontre avec l’artiste Esther Shalev-Gerz, séminaire d’histoire culturelle et sociale du contemporain, Centre Mahler, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, France, March 27th

Artist Talk: The Place of Art, Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Moscow, Russia, April 10th

Artist Talk: The Place of Art, International Academic Conference: “Theories and Practices of Art and Design: Sociocultural, Economic and Political Contexts”, HSE Doctoral School of Art and Design, Moscow, Russia, April 11th

Panel discussion: New Territories in Drawings, DRAW ART FAIR London, Saatchi Gallery, May 19th

Artist Talk: “De-centering the Gaze: Artistic Strategies for a Decolonial Future”, Explorative Workshop: “Postcolonial Critique: Latin American and Eastern European Perspectivations”, Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin, Germany, September 23rd


Artist Talk: The Koffler Gallery, Toronto, Canada, April 8th

Conference: Between Listening and Telling – Installation art and soundscapes in the colloquium Curating Sound for Difficult Histories, Birkbeck, University of London, UK, May 15th

Lecture: Ecole Special d’Architecture, Paris, October 1st

Round Table: Architecture et Mémoire, Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris, October 12th 

Conference: Decolinizing Nature, in the international conference The Politics of Nature, Saint Gallen University, Switzerland, October 13th

Round Table: Representativeness, image, documentation and transmission, in the international conference Trialogues – City and Memory, Monument, Power, Community, El Born CCM and Barcelona University, Spain, November 22nd


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

Public Lecture: The Shadow, A presentation of the artist new commission on the campus of UBC and part of the Outdoor Art Collection, The Belkin Art Gallery, UBC, Vancouver, Canada, November 14th

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


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


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


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




In Visible, with texts by Yann Toma, Sorbonne Artgallery, Editions de la Sorbonne, France, 2022


Esther Shalev-Gerz, with text by Anouchka Freybe, The Koffler Centre of the Arts, Toronto, Canada, 2018

Esther shalev-Gerz, The Shadow, texts by Scott Watson and the artist, Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, UBC, Canada, 2018


Esther Shalev-Gerz, The Factory is Outside, with texts by Matthew Biro, Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts and Tomas Seppa, and an interview of the artist by Timo Valjakka, in English and Finnish, Serlachius Museum and Parvs, Finland, 2017 


Esther Shalev-Gerz, The Contemporary Art of Trusting Uncertainties and Unfolding Dialogues, edited by Jason E. Bowman, with texts by Esther Shalev-Gerz, Jason E. Bowman, Jacques Rancière, Lisa Le Feuvre, James E. Young, Georges Didi-Huberman, Stefanie Baumann, Annika Wik and Andrea Phillips and a conversation between Jacqueline Rose and the artist, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg and Art and Theory Publishings, Sweden, 2013

Esther Shalev-Gerz, text by Georges Didi-Huberman, foreword by Scott Watson, in English and French, The Belkin Art Gallery, UBC, Vancouver, Canada, 2013


Esther Shalev-Gerz – Describing Labor, texts by Cathy Leff, Marianne Lamonaca and Jacques Rancière and an interview of the artist and Matthew Abess, The Wolfsonian-FIU, Miami Beach, USA, 2012

Esther Shalev-Gerz, texts by Nicole Schweizer, Georges Didi-Huberman, Annika Wik, James E. Young and Nora Alter, in English and French, MCBA/Lausanne and JRP|Ringier, Zurich, Switzerland, 2012

Esther Shalev-Gerz, texts by Jann LM Bailey, Fanny Söderbäck, Elizabeth Matheson and Ian Wallace, in English and French, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, Canada, 2012 


Esther Shalev-Gerz, texts by Jacques Rancière, Stefanie Baumann and Lisa Le Feuvre and an interview of the artist and Marta Gili, in French and English, Jeu de Paume and Fage Editions, Paris, France, 2010


Still/Film, texts by Raminta Jurenaite, Pascal Hanse and Rasa Antanaviciute, in Lithuanian, French and English, Vilnius Academy of Art, Lithuania, 2009


Konstens plats / The Place of Art, texts by L. Crone Jensen, B. Hakansson, J. Öberg, S. Arrhenius, A. Riestola, F. Yngström, and S. Baumann, in Swedish and English, Art Monitor, Gothenburg University, Sweden, 2008

A Thread, texts by Stefanie Baumann, Jason E. Bowman and Doreen Massey and an interview of the artist with Moira Jeffrey, in English, Aje-Aje, in association with CCA, Glasgow, UK, 2008


MenschenDinge – The Human Aspect of Objects, text by Jacques Rancière and an interview of the artist with Ulrich Krempel, in English and German, Gedenkstätte Buchenwald, Germany, 2006

First Generation, with the transcriptions of the words of the participants in five languages, Swedish, English, German, Russian and French, a text by Kim West and an interview of the artist, in English, Multicultural Center, Fittja, Botkyrka, Sweden, 2006


Daedal(us), text by Lisa Le Feuvre and an interview of the artist and Jason Oakley, in English, Firestation Artists’ studios, Dublin, Ireland, 2005

Esther Shalev-Gerz, text by Lisa Le Feuvre and an interview of the artist and Jason Oakley, in German, Künstler, Kritisches Lexikon der Gegenwartskunst, Ausgabe 70, Heft 12, 2. Quartal 2005, Zeitverlag Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG, Germany, 2005

Entre l’écoute et la parole : Derniers Témoins, Auschwitz-Birkenau 1945/2005 / Between Listening and Telling: The Last Witnesses, Auschwitz-Birkenau 1945/2005, Mairie de Paris, France, 2005


Geht dein Bild Mich an? / Does Your Image Reflect Me?, text by Ulrich Krempel and Esther Shalev-Gerz, in German, French and English, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany, 2002

Två installationer / Two Installations, texts by Kerstin Smeds and esther Shalev-Gerz and an interview of the artist with Ingela Lind, in Swedish and English, History Museum, Stockholm, Sweden, 2002


Les portraits des histoires – Aubervilliers, texts by Claude Gintz and Esther Shalev-Gerz, and an interview of the artist with J-C Royoux, in French, Editions ENSBA, Paris, France, 2000

Station Weimar II, text by Anja Bücherl, in German, Stiftung Weimarer Klassik, Weimar, Germany, 2000

Les portraits des histoires – Belsunce, texts by Michel Enrici, Brice Matthieussent and Esther Shalev-Gerz, in French, Editions Images en manoeuvre, Marseille, France, 2000 – Out of print


Die Berliner Ermittlung / The Berlin Inquiry, with Jochen Gerz, in German, Hebbel Theater, Berlin, Germany, 1998 – Out of print


Raisons de sourire / Reasons for Smiles, with Jochen Gerz, interview of the artists with Olivier Kaeppelin, in French, Actes Sud, Arles, France, 1997


Irréparable, text by Laurence Imbernon and an interview of the artist with Doris von Drathen, in French and English, Musée de la Roche-sur-Yon, France, 1996 – Out of Print 

Das 20. Jahrhundert / The 20th Century, with Jochen Gerz, Klartext Verlag, Essen, Germany, 1996 


Das Harburger Mahnmal gegen Faschismus / The Harburg Monument against Fascism, with Jochen Gerz, texts by Karl Weber, Marcia Tucker, Jean-Pierre Salgas, James E. Young, Thomas Wagner and an interview of the artists with Achim Könneke, in German and English, Hatte Verlag, Stuttgart, Germany, 1994


Erase the Past, text by M. Rutschky, in German, DAAD, Berlin, Germany, 1991


Copan, in French, Gallery Giovanna Minelli, Paris, France, 1990 – Out of Print

Articles and Interviews


Christian Gampert, Deutschlandfunk, about Between Listening and Telling : Last Witnesses, Auschwitz 1945-2005  shown in the exhibition Innenwelten – Sigmund Freud und die Kunst

Thomas Morawitzky, Wochenzeitung, article 657 about Between Listening and Telling : Last Witnesses, Auschwitz 1945-2005  shown in the exhibition Innenwelten – Sigmund Freud und die Kunst

Kunsthalle Tübingen, Innenwelten – Sigmund Freud und die Kunst, p 121-123, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, Köln, Germany

Florence Grivel, podcast for Art’s Cool, about Inseparable Angels, Switzerland

Revue La suivante, n°3 – article The Shadow, p 5-34, France

Ton Quik, Meer dan een beeld, p 221, Uitgeverij Ijzer, Utrecht


RAW –  Rediscovering Art by Women, “IN VISIBLE”, RAW + blog,, December

Jacob Lund, The Changing Constitution of the Present, p. 10, p. 43-55, Sternberg Press, London, England

Haky Jasim, Marianne Lööf, Kasia X. Mischnik, Peter Rundkvist & Johan Öberg, Bob säger: Bergsjön! Om kultur och makt i en stadsdel, p. 84, 86, 88, 89, 9192, 93, 94, 97, Bokförlaget Daidalos A, Göteborg, Sweden

Olivia Rosenthal, Futur antérieur, Collection “Diaporama”, p. 24-25, Éditions de l’IMEC, Institut Mémoires de l’Édition Contemporaine, Saint-Germain-la-Blanche-Herbe, Février


Nora Sternfeld, “Counter-Memorials and Para-Monuments”, p. 25-30, in “Lerchenfeld, Ausgabe 04/2021”, HFBK Hamburg

Marie Estripeaut-Bourjac, Nicole Pelletier, Patricia Paillot, “Vivre avec la mémoire des conflits. D’un continent l’autre”, pp.17&267-281, Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux, March

Julio Velasco, “L’artiste comme stratège – Topographie et création plastique contemporaine”, p. 239-255, CTHS, March


Isabelle Mandraud, “A Vilnius, thérapie de groupe sur le “passé non digéré””, Le Monde, France, March 8th

Takes part in the Preparatory Assignment, Report to the French Prime Minister for the future construction of the Museum-Memorial for Societies Facing Terrorism, France, March

Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “Dealing with the Trauma of an Undigested Past – International Conference Overview”, “Special Address”, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, pp.107-112, Lithuania, June 11th


Julia Livage, “Insolite – L’art contemporain pour le devoir de mémoire”, Télématin, France 2, France, January 25th

Devorah Lauter, “In Paris, Challenging How We Remember the Holocaust”, BlouinArtInfo, USA, January 26th

Marie-Laure Desjardins, “Mémoires sensibles”, ArtsHebdoMédias, France, Janvier 28th

Yamina Benaï, “Mémorial de la Shoah : Comprendre pour ne jamais oublier”, L’Officiel Art,émorial%20de%20la%20Shoah%20:%20comprendre%20pour%20ne%20jamais%20oublier France, January 30th

Emmanuelle Lequeux, “L’art après la Shoah”, Beaux-Arts Magazine, N°416, France, February 1st

Lorraine Rossignol, “Quand la mémoire de la Shoah inspire l’art contemporain”, Télérama,,n6118782.php France, February 4th

Henry Rousso, Président de la mission de préfiguration”, Ministère de la Justice, , Paris, France, April 1st

Andrea Soto Calderon & Jacques Rancière, « Le travail des images, Conversations avec Andrea Soto Calderon«  p.11-13, 23, 26-32, Les Presses du Réel, April

Erin Robinsong, « Liquidity », p.13&15, House House Press, Spring

C. Thi Nguyen, « Monuments as Commitments: How Art Speaks to Groups and How Groups Think in Art », Pacific Philosophical Quarterly,, University of Southern California and John Wiley & Son Ltd., United States, June 26th

Volkhard Knigge & Axel Doßmann,« Geschichte als Verunsicherung, Konzeptionen für ein historisches Begreifen des 20. Jahrhunderts », pp.169-179, June

Lars Kleberg, « Words, Bodies, Memory : A Festschrift in honor of Irina Sandomirskaja », pp.83-87, Sodertorn University, August

Colin Browne & Esther Shalev-Gerz, « In Conversation: The Shadow » p.69 in « The Capilano Review », 3.36, The Capilano Review Contemporary Arts Society, October

Fabien Théofilakis, “Esther Shalev-Gerz, Entretien”, Guerres Mondiales et Conflits Contemporains n°276, La France en guerre dans le second XXe siècle : Représentations et mémoires contemporaines, 2000-2017, pp.53-62, October

Petra Bopp, “Parler, écouter, voir. L’image du silence dans l’œuvre d’Esther Shalev-Gerz”, Guerres Mondiales et Conflits Contemporains n°276, La France en guerre dans le second XXe siècle : Représentations et mémoires contemporaines, 2000-2017, pp.47-52, October


Michèle Freiburghaus Lens, Collection FMAC 2004-2016, p 2016-068, art&fiction publications

Les Inséparables in “Fonds d’art contemporains de la Ville de Genève FMAC Collection 2004-2016”, Ville de Genève and Art et Fictions Publications, January

Stephanie Bailey & Mark Woytiuk, « Remembering What Is Not Gone // Towards a Feminist Counter Monument », Site, Volume.38, April

Anouchka Freybe, “In The Image We Hear Your Voice”, in Esther Shalev-Gerz, Koffler Center of the Arts,, Toronto, April

Marcia Sa Cavalcante Schuback, “Engaged History”, in The Ethos of History, Time and Responsibility, Berghahn, New York-Oxford, June

Bill Weaver and Linda Solomon Wood, “Esther Shalev-Gerz talks with Linda Solomon Wood about climate change, trees and The Shadow”, The National Observer,, Canada, September 9th

“Colin Browne and Esther Shalev-Gerz in conversation: The Shadow”, The Capilano Review,, Canada, November 3rd


Peter Cornell, “History Unfolds på Historiska museet”,,, Sweden, January 10th

Kristina Maria Mezei, “History Unfolds, Att göra det förflutna synligt”, omkonst,, Sweden, January 31st

Katrin Niklasson, “Konstprojekt belyser rädsla och mod”, Alingsås Tidning,, Sweden, January 31st

“Serlachius-museon näyttelyssä Esther Shalev-Gerz kuvaa identiteetin ja työn käsitteen muutoksia”, Amusa Kultuuritori,, 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

Kevin Griffin, “ART SEEN: The Shadow that came for a visit to the University of B.C.”, Vancouver Sun,, October 14th

Zak Vescera, “Esther Shalev-Gerz: The artist behind The Shadow”, The Ubyssey, Vancouver, November 7th

Zak Vescera, “Not funded by tuition, $365,000 art project to move forward with month-long installation period”, The Ubyssey, Vancouver, November 7th

Kristian Vistrup Madsen, “Against Tidy Memory: Anti-Facist Memorials and the Horror of Kitsch”, MOMUS, , Canada, November 28th

Esther Shalev-Gerz, Inseparable Angels: An Imaginary House for Walter Benjamin, Diaphanes, Switzerland, December

Aldo Milohnic, “How to Do Things with Names and Signatures”, Performance Research, December 19th


Zuzanna Dziuba, “Countermonument in Europe: Spatial Politics of Artistic Memory-Work”, in “The Art of the Multitude: Jochen Gerz – Participation and the European Experience”, p. -57-80, eds. Manus, M., Vickery J. (Campus), Universität Konstanz, Germany

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,, Geneva, Switzerland, May 9th

Colin Gleadell, « Art Sales: London celebrates photography », The Telegraph, , United Kingdom, May 10th

« [Genève] Art contemporain: la Ville chie deux pendules », Renversé.ch, , Switzerland, May 16th

Irène Languin, « La Nuit genevoise des musées a cartonné », Tribune de Genève, , Switzerland, May, 23rd

Josiane Guilloud-Cavat, “Lionel Bovier revisite la collection du MAMCO”, Espaces Contemporains, 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, 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, , Geneva, Switzerland, June 1st

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

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

Samuel Schellenberg, « Cinquante ans pour un récit », Le Courrier, , 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, , USA, July 1st

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

Sebastian Johans, “Hisnande upplevelse pa Historiska”, Upsala Nya Tidning, , Sweden, November 16th

Marten Arndtzén, “Konst och normkritik pa Historiska”, Kulturnytt, Sveriges Radio, , Sweden, November 19th

Mans Hirschfeldt, “History Unfolds – ett kritiksamtal med Maja Hagerman och Marten Arndtzén”, P1 Kultur, Sveriges Radio, , Sweden, November 21st

Ingela Lind, “Historisk konst i “världsklass””, SVT NYHETER, , Sweden, November 22nd

Brigitta Rubin, “History unfolds pa Historiska museet”, Dagens Nyheter, , Sweden, November 30th

Eva Bäckstedt, “History Unfolds/En reflection”, Svenska Dagbladet,, Sweden, December 4th

Elisabeth Chardon, “21 artistes en lice pour créer l’emblème de Plateforme 10”, Le Temps, , 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, samma-kultur-2/, Finland, December, 17th


Jacob Lund, “Acts of Remembering in the Work of Esther Shalev-Gerz – From Embodied to Mediated Memory”, in “The Holocaust and its Contexts Series”, PALGRAVE MACMILLAN, p. 28-42, Macmillan Publishers Limited, Basingstoke, England

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,, 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, ab, Sweden, May

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


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, Montreal, Canada, March 14th

Eric Clément, “Esther Shalev-Gerz: heritage, créativité et paix”, La 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


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 »,, 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



DAAD, Berlin, Germany


IASPIS, Stockholm, Sweden


The Wolfsonian Museum, Florida International University, Miami, USA, April 11th – 23rd

The QoG Institute, Quality of Government, Göteborg University, Gothenburg, Sweden, October 10th – 14th