Sasha Huber’s Haïti Chérie (2011) will be screened at International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, held from October 9–15. Haïti Chérie is included in the programme “Words on Film“, screened on Wednesday, October 13, at 17:30 in Rialto Theatre on Stage. The parallel programme “Words on Film” reveals the inherent connection between literature and the moving image. In the first part of the programme, four talented Cypriot writers and visual artists will present their work inspired by four exceptional short films without dialogue. A live recitation session will be accompanying the screening of each short film. Haïti Chérie is accompanied with a contribution by artist Eleni Nikodimou.
Haïti Chérie is a respond to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. A few weeks after the catastrophe Huber carries out a performance over the snowy, seemingly endless, frozen sea in Finland, waters carrying on to reach the coasts of Haiti. Snow angels drawn by Huber’s body symbolize sorrow and lives lost, but also solidarity and hope.
Sasha Huber (CH/FI) is a Helsinki based multidisciplinary visual artist of Swiss-Haitian heritage. She works and presents her work internationally and is primarily concerned with the politics of memory and belonging, particularly in relation to colonial residue 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 performance-based interventions, video, photography, and collaborations. Huber is also claiming the compressed-air staple gun, aware of its symbolic significance as a weapon while offering the potential to renegotiate unequal power dynamics. Huber works regularly in a creative partnership with her partner artist Petri Saarikko. She holds an MA from the University of Art and Design Helsinki and is presently undertaking practice-based PhD studies.
International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, October 9–15 2021, Cyprus
More information: ISFF Cyprus