Esther Shalev-Gerz

This monograph gives a comprehensive overview of the variety and scope of the research carried out by Esther Shalev-Gerz over the past 20 years in her films, video-installations, photographs, and site specific works (among them numerous projects for memorials and community-based schemes).

The book aims to highlight the specific ways in which the artist deals with issues of knowledge, memory, history, and testimony through the space of the installation.

As Shalev-Gerz states, ‘My terrain of investigation is the construction of memory. My aim is to challenge and disturb normalized expectations of memoires, and of historiography, by disrupting the various forms of official histories, including anthropology, ethnology, and museology.’

Published with the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne.

English and French text.

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