Sasha Huber

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Sasha Huber is a visual artist of Swiss-Haitian heritage, born in Zurich (Switzerland) in 1975, and currently living in Helsinki (Finland). Huber's creative practice spans a variety of media, including video, photography, performance-based interventions, and publications. She also discovered the compressed-air staple gun as a medium, while constantly aware of its symbolic significance as a weapon, for instance, in Shooting Back (2004) and Shooting Stars (2014). This committed artist is known for her contribution to the long-term project “Demounting Louis Agassiz”, which campaigns for the renaming of the “Agassizhorn”, a mountain peak that got its name from the Swiss naturalist and racist Louis Agassiz (1807-1873). The proposed new name for this mountain in the Swiss Alps is Rentyhorn, in tribute to Renty, an enslaved person from the Congo, and other victims of racism. Huber has edited the book Rentyhorn (2010), and was co-editor of (T)races of Louis Agassiz: Photography, Body and Science, Yesterday and Today (2010) on the occasion of the 29th Biennale of São Paulo (Brazil). She has participated in numerous international exhibitions, including the 56th La Biennale die Venezia in 2015, 19th Biennale of Sydney in 2014, and has been invited to artist residencies in Brazil, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia. Huber holds an MA from the University of Art and Design Helsinki, and is currently undertaking doctoral research on racism through the lens of art at the Department of Art at Aalto University, Helsinki (Finland).

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