ESTHER SHALEV-GERZ at the "Place of Art" section
Based in Paris, Esther Shalev-Gerz is internationally recognized for her seminal contributions to the field of art in the public realm and her consistent investigation into the construction of memory, history, the natural world, democracy, and cultural identities. Her works challenge the notion and practice of portraiture and consider how its qualities may contribute to contemporary discourse about the politics of representation
Artist-talk with Esther Shalev-Gerz at the HSE Art and Design School
APRIL 10, 2019
Artist-talk with Esther Shalev-Gerz at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center
In 2006 Esther Shalev-Gerz conceived of the Place of Art as a means to profile divergent perceptions of art and its societal position — physical and ideological. Having developed a partnership with cultural practitioners, art institutions, housing companies, and municipal departments Shalev-Gerz then interviewed 38 culturally diverse artists resident in Bergsjön, a suburb of Gothenburg.
She asked: “How would you define art?” and “Where would you locate the place where it happens?” Whilst considering their individual responses in relation to their pasts, cultural traditions, lived experiences, and perceptions of the value of artists each began to also suggest how they would articulate and locate the future place of art.
During the artist-talk, we discussed the following questions: how artists and researchers perceive places of art? Where art is presented now? How do the geographic and sociocultural dimensions of places of art interact with each other? Can we talk about the place of art without connecting it with physical space?
The following participants of the "Place of Art" project took part in the discussion: Amalia Avezdzhanova, Victoria Belonenko, Maria Buneeva, Maria Korchagina, Polina Lukina, Tatiana Mironova, Kristina Pestova, Natalia Smolianskaia