Esther Shalev-Gerz, born in Lithuania, moved to Jerusalem where she studied at the Bezalel School of Art and Design (1975-1979). Now the artist is based in Paris. Esther Shalev-Gerz is internationally recognised for her seminal contributions to the field of art in the public realm and her consistent investigation into the nature of democracy, cultural memory and the politics of public space. For over 20 years her work has focused on interventions and projects in public space, taking the form of collaboration and exchange with the audience. Her installations and photographic work raise questions on group memory and its interaction with personal history and souvenir. In these commemorative monuments, installations, video and photographic works, questions about history are posed, and its relationship with collective memory is explored and investigated.
Esther Shalev-Gerz is currently professor at Valand School of Fine Arts, Gothenburg University, Sweden. The creative work of Esther Shalev-Gerz was the subject of a major show in 2010 at the Jeu de Paume in Paris. In 2012 the artist will have a retrospective at the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne.
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