Sasha Huber: YOU NAME IT

9 Jun – 27 Aug 2023

Past Touring Exhibition


Turku Art Museum
Aurakatu 26, 20100 Turku

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Swiss-Haitian-Finnish artist Sasha Huber uses performance, photography, and film, among other media, to investigate colonial residues left in the environment.  Her projects conceive of natural spaces – mountains, lakes, glaciers, forests, and craters – as contested territories, highlighting the ways in which history is imprinted onto the landscape through acts of remembrance, including memorialisation through naming and the erection of monuments.

After debuting at The Power Plant (Toronto) and Autograph (London), Sasha Huber: YOU NAME IT is touring to Turku Art Museum in Finland in 2023. The exhibition will feature over a decade’s worth of work by the artist, prompted by the activist campaign Demounting Louis Agassiz, which seeks to redress the racist legacy of the Swiss- born naturalist and glaciologist Louis Agassiz (1807–1873). Huber’s artworks present a vision for the ways we can tenderly, and with care, refute the damage already inflicted by history. In challenging the terms by which we remember, the artist asks who and what we memorialise, and more importantly, how we do so.  

in the press

How do you repair the scientific racism embedded in the history of science?


you name it on tour

The Power Plant, Toronto

5 Feb - 1 May 2022

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Autograph, London

11 Nov 2022 - 25 Mar 2023

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about the artist

Sasha Huber

is a Helsinki-based, multidisciplinary visual artist-researcher of Swiss-Haitian heritage. Sensitive to the subtle threads connecting history and the present, she uses and responds to archival material within a layered creative practice that encompasses performance-based interventions, video, photography, and collaborations.

Huber frequently reclaims – aware of its symbolic significance – the compressed-air staple gun as an artistic ‘weapon’, tapping into its potential to renegotiate unequal power dynamics. She is known for her artistic research contribution to the Demounting Louis Agassiz campaign which aims to dismantle the glaciologist’s lesser-known but contentious racist heritage. Huber also often works in a creative partnership with artist Petri Saarikko with whom she initiated the long-term project Remedies Universe.

Huber holds an MA in visual culture from the Aalto University and is presently undertaking a practice-based PhD at Zurich University of the Arts. Huber has had numerous solo presentations, artist residencies and participated in international exhibitions and festivals, including the 56th Venice Biennial in 2015. In 2021 Huber’s solo exhibition tour YOU NAME IT began at Kunstinstituut Melly in Rotterdam and continues to The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto; Autograph in London in 2022/23; and Turku Art Museum in Finland in 2023. In 2018 Huber was the recipient of the State Art Award in the category visual arts given by the Arts Promotion Center Finland.

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digital content

Becoming Monumental

An online gallery responding to questions posed by the exhibition

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5 Things to Know About YOU NAME IT

Your quick introduction to the exhibition

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VR exhibition visit

Virtually view Gallery 1 of YOU NAME IT

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On Remembering

A new video podcast by Holding Up The Ladder

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Bindi Vora in Conversation with Sasha Huber

Agency, legacy and the historical archive

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Who Was Renty Taylor? 

7 Stories of Black Liberation Struggles in YOU NAME IT

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Art Muse-ings: Photography and Spiritualism

Artist Gisela Torres speaks with Autograph’s curator Bindi Vora

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Ripping Into Colonial Monuments

What politics are at play in the work of dismounting colonial statuary?


The Politics of Memory and Belonging in Sasha Huber’s Action Portraits

Jareh Das responds to new works by Sasha Huber

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Afropean Remedial Gestures (Part I): Introducing Tilo Frey

Sasha Huber in conversation with Autograph's Senior Curator Renée Mussai

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YOU NAME IT was initiated, organised, and circulated by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, in collaboration with Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam; Autograph, London, United Kingdom; and Turku Art Museum, Finland.

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The fur used in Sasha Huber's work is artificial

Banner Image: Sasha Huber, film still from Rentyhorn [detail], 2008. 4'30" min. Courtesy the artist.

About the artist: Courtesy Sasha Huber