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Esther Ferrer (b. in San Sebastián, Basque Country in 1937) is a Spanish interdisciplinary artist and performance art teacher. She is regarded as one of the major Spanish artists of her generation. (Daniel Charles, Encyclopedia Universalis)
In 1966, Esther Ferrer joined Walter Marchetti and Juan Hidalgo in the Spanish art performance and contemporary music group Zaj, famous for its radical and conceptual performances. Their pieces were presented in Spanish concert halls (originally devoted to the production of classical music) despite of the fascistic Franco's regime. The Zaj group was dissolved in 1996 by its original member Walter Marchetti.
Esther Ferrer production include objects, photographs, and systems based on the series of prime numbers. She is also famous for her work as a performance artist. "Esther work Ferrer can be regarded as a very particular minimalism which integrates rigour, humor, diversion and absurdity." (Sylvie Ferré)
In 1999, Esther Ferrer was chosen to represent Spain at the Venice Biennale.
She is married to minimalist composer Tom Johnson.
- Esther Ferrer: Works and Process Two-part documentary series on Esther Ferrer
- FONS AUDIO #1: Esther Ferrer A podcast on the artist and the Zaj Group