Sasha Huber & Petri Saarikko

Petri Saarikko and Sasha Huber. Photos: Kai Kuusisto.
Sasha Huber (b. in 1975 in Zurich) is a visual artist. She lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. Questioning her roots, her research focuses on the process of building their personal and artistic identity through media such as video, photography, compressed-air stapling, performance-based interventions and book publishing. Committed artist, she works since several years on the project “Demounting Louis Agassiz” which consist in renaming Mount Agassizhorn whose origin comes from Louis Agassiz (1807-1873), Swiss naturalist who developed racist theories, to rename it in Rentyhorn in tribute to the slave, Renty and of those who met similar fates. She participated in numerous international exhibitions, including the 56th La Biennale di Venezia in 2015.

Petri Saarikko is an artist and designer based in Helsinki, Finland. Saarikko combines societal commentary with his human-computer interaction profession and curatorial background, which results in longterm social interventions. His work has a holistic performative nature and strives to engender power relations, making room for individual narratives and taking a stand for equality. Since 2011 Saarikko has been running ‘a living social space’ called Kallio Kunsthalle as part of his home and Elokolo community center for marginalized. Kallio Kunsthalle has facilitated long term performative collaboration between international artists, non-artists and people living on the edge of society from third world citizens to paperless asylum-seekers and mobbed youth. In 2015 Petri and Kallio Kunsthalle is visiting New Zealand with his partner and artist collaborator Sasha Huber, at the Te Whare Hera Wellington International Artist Residency, and their son. They have been invited to international residencies and exhibitions around Scandinavia, Europe, Switzerland, Georgia, Brazil, Haiti, Asia, New Zealand and Australia.

Sasha Huber & Petri Saarikko: Roots, 2015, installation. (Photo: Timo Nieminen.)

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