Sasha Huber & Petri Saarikko, Remedies, 2015, Mixed media installation (detail), Inland Residency Program. Photo: Fleur Ruddick

Sasha Huber & Petri Saarikko, Remedies, 2015, Mixed media installation (detail), Inland Residency Program. Photo: Fleur Ruddick

Sasha Huber is an international 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. Huber is perhaps best known for her 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). Huber has participated in numerous recent international exhibitions, including the 56th Venice Biennale, 2015 and the 19th Biennale of Sydney in 2014.  Huber has been invited to artist residencies in Brazil, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia. She 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). In 2011 she initiated with artist Petri Saarikko the Remedies project during the artist residency at Botkyrka Kunsthall with whom she is collaborating, as well as being part of the Unmapping the End of the World project, for Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10 in 2015.

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Sasha Huber & Petri Saarikko, Stem – Sasha Huber & Daryl Pappin (Mutthi Mutthi), 2015, Unmapping the End of the World, Mildura Arts Centre, Digital print on PVC canvas, 800 x 310cm. Photo: Danielle Hanifin

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. 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 and soon Australia.

Petri Saarikko, Kallio Kunsthalle | Ernst Collection, 2015, Installation view, Mixed Media, Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communites Council. Photo: Fleur Ruddick