Sasha Huber will be speaking about a selection of art projects relating to her long-term artistic research project that evolved through engagement with the cultural activist campaign Demounting Louis Agassiz, which has advocated for the renaming of Agassizhorn in the Swiss Alps to Rentyhorn, in honor of the Congolese-born enslaved man Renty and of those who met similar fates. Louis Agassiz (1807–1873) is celebrated in the history of science as an important glaciologist who was one of the discoverers of ice age theory. But, he also was one of the most influential proponents of ‘scientific racism’ in his adoptive country, the United States of America from 1846. Agassiz studied and photographed enslaved Africans in the places of their suffering and argued that they were innately inferior. He advocated strict racial segregation, ethnic cleansing, and government measures to prevent the birth of interracial children whom he considered unnatural.
Sasha Huber is a visual artist of Swiss-Haitian heritage, born in Zurich in 1975. She lives and works in Helsinki. She has participated in numerous international exhibitions, including the 56th la Biennale di Venezia in 2015, and the 19th Biennale of Sydney in 2014. She holds a 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 . www.sashahuber.com
This talk is organised by Dr. Alice Feldman, UCD School of Sociology, in association with MA Race, Migration and Decolonial Studies & UCD Parity Studios.
UCD, Belfield Dublin 4. UCD Humanities Institute Seminar Rm (H.204) which is located on the second floor. The Humanities Institute is building number 30 (grid reference F9) on the UCD campus map which can be found at ucd.ie/maps.