Sasha Huber (b. 1975, Zurich, Switzerland) is a visual artist of Swiss-Haitian heritage. Her work is primarily concerned with the politics of memory and belonging, particularly in relation to colonial residues left in the environment. Sensitive to the subtle threads connecting history and the present, she uses and responds to archival material within a layered creative practice that encompasses video, photography, collaborations with researchers, and performance-based interventions.
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.
Huber currently lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.
The film 'KARAKIA – The Resetting Ceremony' is part of a series of works in different media that address renaming sites as a decolonial act. The work was specifically made to record a cleansing ritual conducted by Māori chief Jeff Mahuika in June 2015, at the Te Moeka O Tuawe (Fox Glacier), in South Island, New Zealand. In the film, we see the artist and Jeff walking towards Agassiz glacier, so named by German geologist sir Johann Franz ‘Julius’ von Haast in an attempt to locate New Zealand within white European culture while ignoring the Māori perspective.