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ESTHER SHALEV-GERZ

April 5 – June 3, 2018
Koffler Gallery
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
Curator: Mona Filip

A Primary Exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Internationally recognized for her significant contributions in the fields of public art, photography and video installation, Paris-based artist Esther Shalev-Gerz consistently investigates the construction of memory, history, nature, democracy and cultural identity. Developed through active dialogue with diverse communities, the projects in this exhibition foreground participants’ individual and collective experiences.

In The Gold Room, Shalev-Gerz proposes a reading of the cultural value of objects through ten stories of provenance. The Portraits of Stories (Les Portraits des Histoires) examines coexisting narratives that collectively define a place, while First Generation invites immigrants to reflect on their experiences of integration. Finally, The Place of Art explores diverse perceptions of art and its societal position – both physical and ideological.

With thoughtful, nuanced approaches to collaboration, Shalev-Gerz’s artworks confront the practice of portraiture, considering how it may address contemporary politics of representation. Examining the impact of time and space on identity constructions, places and (hi)stories, these works record, critique and expand the understanding of the social role of artistic practice.

Esther Shalev-Gerz is generously supported by Institut français.

Esther Shalev-Gerz (born Gilinsky) was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. Her family moved to Jerusalem in 1957, where she graduated from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. She briefly lived in New York in 1980-1981, and since 1984 she lives and works between Paris and Cortes Island, Canada. In 2010 and 2012 two major retrospective exhibitions respectively displayed ten and fifteen of her installations, first at Jeu de Paume, Paris then at the Musée des Beaux Arts de Lausanne. Space Between Time, her solo exhibition at Wasserman Projects, Detroit presented nine of her installations in 2016. She has exhibited internationally in San Francisco, Paris, Berlin, London, Stockholm, Vancouver, Finland, Geneva, Guangzhou and New York, amongst other places. She designed and realized permanent installations in public space in Hamburg, Israel, Stockholm, Wanas, Geneva, Glasgow and more. She is currently producing her latest public artwork, The Shadow, in Vancouver. For more information: www.shalev-gerz.net

REGULAR EXHIBITION HOURS
Tuesday to Friday, 12–6 PM | Saturday & Sunday 11 AM–5 PM | Admission is FREE
Closed Mondays & statutory holidays. The Koffler Gallery is partially accessible.

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The Koffler Gallery is a forum for the presentation and development of contemporary visual art that reflects diverse cultural, material and aesthetic perspectives, generating critical discussions around ideas of our time. Featuring a year-round program of exhibitions, publications, public programs and educational initiatives, the Koffler Gallery fosters new production while equally aiming to expand the visibility of existing work by Canadian and international artists. The program positions the contemporary Jewish experience in a context of comparative discussions of identity, memory and place. The Koffler Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Image: Esther Shalev-Gerz, The Portraits of Stories, Aubervilliers, 1998, video still. Courtesy of the artist.



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KOFFLER CENTRE OF THE ARTS | KOFFLER GALLERY
Artscape Youngplace | 180 Shaw Street, Suite 104-105 | Toronto, ON M6J 2W5
647.925.0643 | info@kofflerarts.org | kofflerarts.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Tony Hewer, Director of Marketing, Communications and Archives
647.925.0643 x224, thewer@kofflerarts.org

The Koffler Centre of the Arts is a cultural platform that explores critical ideas and concerns of our time through exhibitions, publications, performances, conversations and digital initiatives. We examine complex issues in respectful, constructive discussions that position our Jewish identity in conversation with diverse perspectives and global voices. Koffler Centre of the Arts acknowledges the support of the Koffler Family Foundation, Cultural Season Sponsor CIBC Wood Gundy, the Ontario Arts Council through the Community and Multidisciplinary Arts Organizations Program, our donors and patrons.

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