1 “The Human Factor: Hannah Arendt,” Ideas with Paul Kennedy, CBC podcast, April 23, 2014, www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/ideas/episode/15525808.
2 Solarization is a photographic process in which the image captured on a negative or on a print is reversed in tone, meaning the dark areas will appear light and light areas appear dark. The phenomenon is also known as the Sabatier effect when referring to negatives.
3 Annie Cohen-Solal, “Revisiting Magiciens de la Terre,” Stedelijk Studies Journal Issue #1, Fall 2014 (Collecting Geographies), https://www.stedelijkstudies.com/journal/revisiting-magiciens-de-la-terre/.
4 Jacqueline Rose, Women in Dark Times (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014), 160.
Originally from Vilnius, Lithuania, Esther Shalev-Gerz (born Gilinsky) moved with her family to Jerusalem in 1957, where she graduated from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Since 1984 she has lived and worked between Paris and Cortes Island, Canada. Major retrospective exhibitions at Jeu de Paume in Paris (2010), Musée des Beaux Arts in Lausanne (2012), and Wasserman Projects in Detroit (2016) established her as a widely respected artist, along with her significant public works in Hamburg, Israel, Stockholm, Wanas, Geneva, Glasgow and more. She is currently producing her latest permanent artwork, The Shadow, at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
Anouchka Freybe is a writer of fiction and non-fiction, drawn to storytelling that explores issues around transformation and community. She is a first-generation Canadian with a background in art history and literature, and research interests in contemporary multimedia art practices. She lives in Toronto, with roots in Vancouver and Germany.
Esther Shalev-Gerz was generously supported by the Institut français and was presented in partnership with the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival as a Primary Exhibition.
Design: Tony Hewer | Editing: Shannon Anderson, Mona Filip
Koffler Gallery installation photos: Toni Hafkenscheid
Digital publication to the exhibition Esther Shalev-Gerz
Presented by the Koffler Gallery | April 5 to June 3, 2018 | Curator: Mona Filip
© Koffler Centre of the Arts, 2018, in collaboration with the individual contributors. All rights reserved. ISBN 978-1-928175-15-5.