29 Jan - 27 Feb 2016
Esther Shalev-Gerz
Esther Shalev-Gerz lives and works in Paris. Since 2003 she has been professor at Valand's Art School in Gothenburg. Her solo museum exhibitions include The Open Page at Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver (2009); Ton image me regarde!? at Jeu de Paume, Paris (2010); The Last Click at Museum für Photographie, Brunswick (2010); Entre l’écoute et la parole at Musée cantonal des beaux-arts de Lausanne, Lausanne (2012); and Describing Labor at The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, Miami Beach (2013). Projects in public space include Monument Against Fascism (1986) in Hamburg-Harburg; The Dispersal of the Seeds / the Collection of the Ashes (1995-97) in Geneva and Marl, Germany; First Generation (2004) at the Multicultural Center, Botkyrka; A Thread (2003-2006) at Castlemilk Park, Glasgow; and Les Inséparables (2000-2008) at Wanås Konst.

Social context is one of the fundamental components in Esther Shalev-Gerz's works be they photographic prints, video installation, sculptural objects or permanent works in public space. In her projects the content and structure of the work are often inspired by the memory and history of a specific site proposing different forms of participation. This exhibition, which is Esther Shalev-Gerz's first solo gallery exhibition in Scandinavia, is presenting five of her recent series of works spanning a decade between 2000 and 2010.

Still/Film (2009) consists of photographs and a video work derived from a trip between Vilnius where she grew up and lived with her family until the age of eight and Alytus where her mother was born. In this project the artist uses cameras and lenses from the period of her mother’s childhood and the work is structured as a search for her mother’s house, a building which may no longer exist. The photographic series investigates the relations and distinctions between identity, place and recollection. The Open Page (2009) are pictures of rare books from the Vancouver Public Library, selected by the staff according to their own individual criteria. Each book is photographed as double-page opening on a 1:1 scale so that the physical and tactile qualities are retained using a very large format camera. They depict a range of surprising and stunning combinations of words and images or knowledge and aesthetics throughout more than five centuries.

The exhibition also include works from the series Echoes in Memory (2007) and Inseparable Angels: An Imaginary House for Walter Benjamin (2000).

This exhibition is realized in collaboration with Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts, jsvcPROJECTS / london.


Installation view, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, 2016


Installation view, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, 2016


Installation view, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, 2016


Installation view, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, 2016


Installation view, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, 2016


Installation view, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, 2016


Installation view, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, 2016


Esther Shalev-Gerz, Les inséperables, 2000/2010, Jaeger-LeCoultre altered double-clock, 70 x 120 x 15 cm, Ed.1/3


Esther Shalev-Gerz, An Imaginary House for Walter Benjamin, Goethe’s Garden House and Its Copy, 2000, Inkjet print on archival paper, 73 x 93 cm, Ed. 1/5


Esther Shalev-Gerz, Inseparable Angels, An Imaginary House for Walter Benjamin, 2009, LightJet print with Diasec mounted on aluminium, 91 x 119 cm, Ed. 1/5


Esther Shalev-Gerz, Echoes in Memory, Artemisia Gentileschi, 2007, Inkjet print on archival paper with glass Diasec, 50 x 33 cm, Ed. 1/5


Esther Shalev-Gerz, Echoes in Memory, Alice Liddell, 2007, Inkjet print on archival paper with glass Diasec, 50 x 33 cm, Ed. 1/5


Esther Shalev-Gerz, Echoes in Memory, Louise Bourgeois, 2007, Inkjet print on archival paper with glass Diasec, 50 x 33, Ed. 1/5


Esther Shalev-Gerz, The Open Page, Plans, elevations, sections and details of the Alhambra, 2008, Inkjet print on archival paper, 82 x 111, Ed. 1/5


Esther Shalev-Gerz, The Open Page, Fragments of the theory and practice of landscape gardening, 2009, Inkjet print on archival paper, 50 x 69 cm, Ed. 4/5


Esther Shalev-Gerz, StillFilm, 2009, Young Forest a, Inkjet print on archival paper, 68 x 53 cm, Ed. 1/5


Esther Shalev-Gerz, StillFilm, 2009, Uzuolankos 25 b, Inkjet print on archival paper, 68 x 52 cm, Ed. 1/5


Esther Shalev-Gerz, StillFilm, 2009, Uzuolankos 25 a, Inkjet print on archival paper, 60 x 44 cm, Ed. 1/5


Esther Shalev-Gerz, StillFilm, 2009, Uzuolankos 25 well f, Inkjet print on archival paper, 68 x 52 cm, Ed. 1/5