Esther Shalev-Gerz Biography

Esther Shalev-Gerz, born Gilinsky 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, Mantta, 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 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.

One-woman exhibitions & works in public space (selection)

The Shadow, permanent installation in public space, UBC, Vancouver, Canada, 2015-2018
Esther Shalev-Gerz, The Koffler Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2018
Esther Shalev-Gerz–The Factory is Outside, Serlachius Museum, Finland, 2017-2018
Galleri Susanne Ottesen, with jsvcPROJECTS Copenhagen, Denmark, 2016
Space Between Time, Wasserman Projects, Detroit, USA, 2016
Sprovieri Gallery, with jsvcPROJECTS, London, UK, 2016
Les Inséparables, permanent installation in public space, Geneva, Switzerland, 2016
Bois Mort, La Halle-Centre d’art, Pont-en-Royans, France, 2016
The Gold Room, Swedish History Museum, Stockholm, Sweden, 2016
A Story within a Story, GIBCA 2015, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2015
Asia Time: 1st Asia Biennial/5th Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China, 2015
Galerie de l’UQAM, Montreal, Canada, 2014
Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 2013
Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, Canada, 2012
Entre l’écoute et la parole, MCBA Lausanne, Switzerland, 2012
Describing Labor , The Wolfsonian-FIU, Miami Beach, USA, 2012
Der letzte Klick/Last Click, Museum for Photography, Brunswick, Germany, 2011
Ton Image Me Regarde!?, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France, 2010
Galerie Baudoin Lebon, Paris, France, 2010
Les Inséparables, permanent installation, Wanas, Sweden, 2009
The Open Page, Vancouver Public Library, Canada, 2009
Still/Film, Galerija Akademija Vilnius, Lithuania, 2009
Sound Machine, Art Museum and Holmbron Bridge, Norrköping, Sweden, 2008
Les Portraits des Histoires/Portraits of Stories, The Public, Bromwich, UK, 2008
Echoes in Memory, Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, UK, 2007
Daedal(us) 2, The Lab, Dublin, Ireland, 2006
First Generation, Dublin, Paris, Brussels, Kazan, Moscow, 2006
A Thread, permanent installation, Glasgow, UK, 2006
MenschenDinge/The human Aspect of Objects, Buchenwald, Germany, 2006
The Place of Art, Konsthall Göteborg and Bergsjön Centrum, Sweden, 2006
Between Telling and Listening: Last Witnesses , Hôtel de Ville, Paris, France, 2005
First Generation, permanent installation, Multicultural Center, Fittja, Sweden, 2004
Botkyrka Konsthall, Sweden, 2004
Daedal(us) , projections in public space, North Inner City, Dublin, Ireland, 2003
Lieux, Musée Henri Martin, Cahors, France, 2002
Does your image reflect me?, Sprengel-Museum, Hannover, Germany, 2002
Two Installations, Historiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, 2002
Inseparable Angels, Kunststiftung Poll, Berlin, Germany, 2011
Inseparable Angels — The Imaginary House for Walter Benjamin, Limona-Pavillon, Weimar, Germany, 2000
Irréparable 87, Rennes, France, 2000
Judengang, Prenzlauer Berg Museum, Berlin, Germany, 2000
The Portraits of Stories , La Compagnie, Marseille, France, 1999
The Portraits of Stories , Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, France, 1999
The Berlin Inquiry, Berliner Ensemble / Hebbel-Theater / Volksbühne, Berlin, Germany (with J.G.), 1998
Reasons for Smiles , MEP, Paris, France (with J.G.), 1998
Irréparable 85, Galerie Käthe Kollwitz, Berlin, Germany, 1998
Reasons for Smiles , Chapelle du Méjan (with J.G.), Arles, France, 1997
The Dispersal of the Seeds / The Collection of the Ashes n°2, permanent installation, Marl, Germany (with J.G.), 1997
Irréparable, Musée de La-Roche-sur-Yon, La-Roche-sur-Yon, France, 1996
Reasons for Smiles , MEP, Paris, France (with J.G.), 1996
The Dispersal of the Seeds / the Collection of the Ashes , permanent installation, UN-Park, Geneva, Switzerland (with J.G.), 1995
COPAN, Galerie Giovanna Minelli, Paris, France, 1990
Mahnmal gegen Faschismus/Monument Against Fascism, permanent installation, Hamburg-Harburg, Germany (with Jochen Gerz), 1986
Oil on Stone 4, permanent installation, Tel-Hai, Israël, 1983

Esther Shalev-Gerz


Collage, drawing, installation, photography, poetry, sculpture, sound - music, mixed media, video

Artist born in 1948 in Vilnius, Lithuania. 

Paris, France
Official website
Condition humaine, espace public / espace urbain , histoire, identité, mémoire, mémoire collective

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