Esther Shalev-Gerz

Internationally recognized for her significant contributions to the fields of public art, photography and video, Esther Shalev-Gerz investigates questions of memory, history, trauma, cultural identity, and ethics in the contemporary world through her practice. Working in multiple media, from photographs and video installations to large-scale public commissions, Shalev-Gerz's monuments, installations and public sculptures are developed through active dialogue and consultation with people whose participation emphasizes their individual and collective memories, accounts, opinions and experiences. She has exhibited internationally in, among other places, San Francisco, Paris, Berlin, London, Stockholm, Vancouver, Geneva, Guangzhou and New York. From the beginning of her career with monuments such as Oil on Stone (1983) and The Monument Against Fascism (1986), Shalev-Gerz has designed and realized permanent installations in public space in Hamburg, Israel, Stockholm, Wanas, Geneva, Glasgow and now Vancouver. Her work has been represented in over twenty-five monographs. For more information about the artist, visit

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