Sasha Huber / Migrating Monarch

Sasha Huber (*1975) is a visual artist of Swiss-Haitian heritage, born in Switzerland. She lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. Huber’s work is primarily concerned with the politics of memory and belonging, particularly in relation to colonial residue left in the environment. Sensitive to the subtle threads connecting history and the present, she works with performance- based interventions, video, photography, publications, graphic design and archival material. She has also discovered the compressed-air staple gun as a tool capable of producing visually arresting works, but which also functions as a symbolic weapon, offering the potential to renegotiate unequal power dynamics.

Migrating Monarch depicts a detail of a wing of a monarch butterfly. The eastern North American monarch population is notable for its thousands of miles far annual southward late-summer/autumn migration from the northern and central United States and southern Canada to Florida and Mexico. In February 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provided a statistic showing that nearly a billion monarchs have vanished from the overwintering sites since 1990. At that time, one of the main reasons cited was the herbicides used by farmers and homeowners on milkweed, a plant used as a food source, a home and a nursery by the monarchs. There is concern that climate change will dramatically affect the monarch migration.

Migrating Monarch, 2018

Metal staples, paint, torch-burned wood

70 x 50 cm


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