Humanæ is an unusually direct reflection on skin colour that Brazilian photographer Angelica Dass has been carrying out since 2011 through a series of portraits. The project attempts to document humanity's true colours by avoiding false labels such as white, red, black and yellow often associated with race.
Humanæ is an ever-evolving work that seeks to demonstrate that what defines the human being is its inevitable uniqueness and, therefore, its diversity. The background of each portrait is filled with a shade of the same colour as an 11x11 pixel sample taken from the subject's nose and combined with the Pantone® industrial pallet which, in its neutrality, questions the contradictions and stereotypes related to race issues.
The direct and personal dialogue with the public and the absolute spontaneity of participation are fundamental values of the project that connote it with a strong vein of activism. The project does not select participants and no date has been set for its completion. From people included on the Forbes lists to refugees who have crossed the Mediterranean Sea by boat, more than 4000 people have been portrayed in 20 countries and 36 different cities are now part of the Humanae project beyond any ideology, gender identity, age group or physical impairment.
Humanae is a collective project. All of us, without labels.
(Brazil, 1979) Dass is an award-winning photographer born in Brazil and currently based in Spain. Her practice combines photography with sociological research and public participation in the global defence of human rights. She is the creator of the internationally acclaimed Humanæ project. In 2016, her career launches to new dimensions with her TED Global Talk, confirming the great potential of her work to go beyond photography, becoming a tool for social change, which promotes dialogue and challenges cultural prejudices. Her work has travelled to over 50 cities around the world, from Photo España to the World Economic Forum (Davos), UN-Habitat III, London Migration Museum, The Hague Museum, Lausanne Musée de l'Elysée, Dublin Science Gallery; to the pages of National Geographic, Time Magazine, Foreign Affairs and other relevant media. This career path leads Angélica to fund the Humanae Institute, a non-profit educational platform with the objective to position diversity as a value in the educational process.