Sasha Huber

Sasha Huber (*1975) is a visual artist of Swiss-Haitian heritage, born in Zurich, 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 that also functions as a symbolic weapon, offering the potential to renegotiate unequal power dynamics.

She is known for her artistic contribution to the long-term project “Demounting Louis Agassiz”, which promotes awareness that the Swiss-born Louis Agassiz (1807-1873) was a proponent of scientific racism, and a pioneering thinker of segregation and “racial hygiene”. Using her voice and body to mediate the unfinished business of history, Huber’s work attempts to heal environmental ruptures troubled by a colonial inheritance, whilst stepping into the shoes of those who came before.

She has participated in international exhibitions worldwide including the 29th São Paulo Biennale in 2010, 19th Biennale of Sydney 2014, the 56th Venice Biennale 2015 and artist residencies together with regular collaborator artist Petri Saarikko.

She holds an MA of visual communications from the University of Art and Design Helsinki and is undertaking doctoral research at the Department of Art at the Aalto University Helsinki.