ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Small Projects has selected Sasha Huber and Petri Saarikko to represent the gallery in the Art Residency program organized together with the Troms Fylkeskommune (Troms County Council) and Kulturkontakt Nord, which will take place in the month of May 2012
SASHA HUBER was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1975, and currently lives and works in Helsinki, Finland with her husband and son. Her background is in graphic design, which she studied in Zurich. In 2000 she received a scholarship to Fabrica, Benetton’s communication research centre in Treviso, Italy. In 2006 she graduated from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki with an MA in Visual Cultures. In her work she examines her roots and their influence on the process of building a personal and artistic identity. Being of European and Haitian heritage she allies herself with the Caribbean Diaspora. She has been unable to visit her mother’s homeland, Haiti, because of continuing security risks. Her work combines political criticism with an aesthetic rendering of the subject matter. Firing an uncountable number of staples into wooden surfaces is just one of the ways she realizes her ideas. In one such project this literally involved shooting portraits of Christopher Columbus and former Haitian Dictators.
PETRI SAARIKKO (b. 1973) is an artist and a designer based in Helsinki, Finland. Saarikko combines societal commentary with his design profession and new media background, which results to location-based installations. His work has a strong performative nature. Saarikko does not shy away from provocation and often challenges issues such as national identity, artistic authorship or official political discourse with a change of context, therefore showing the true artificial nature of these phenomena His work strives for opening up power relations, making room for individual narratives and takes stands for equality.
Sasha and Petri will also exhibit at Small Projects at the end of their residency