April 5 – June 3, 2018
Koffler Gallery
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street

Curator: Mona Filip

Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 6–9 PM | FREE

Based in Paris for the past three decades, Esther Shalev-Gerz is internationally recognized for her significant contributions to the field of public art and her consistent investigation into the construction of memory, history, nature, democracy and cultural identities. Her art works challenge the practice of portraiture, considering how it may address contemporary politics of representation.

The Koffler Gallery presents Shalev-Gerz’ first exhibition in Toronto, bringing together four recent video and photography installations that explore memory and migration. Developed through active dialogue with diverse communities, these projects foreground participants’ individual and collective experiences. Constantly inquiring into the impact of time and space on identity constructions, places and (hi)stories, Esther Shalev-Gerz records, critiques and expands our understandings of the social role of artistic practice.

Esther Shalev-Gerz 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. Her exhibitions world-wide include a survey exhibition in 2010 at Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris, France and solo exhibitions at Musée cantonal des beaux-arts de Lausanne, Switzerland in 2013; Galerie de l’UQAM, Montréal, Canada in 2014; MAMCO, Geneva, Switzerland and Wasserman Projects, Detroit in 2016. She has received grants and generous support from prestigious institutions such as 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.

Image: Esther Shalev-Gerz, The Portraits of Stories, Aubervilliers, 1998, video still.