Curated by Marthe van de Grift
HUMANAE by Angélica Dass brings the much needed nuance to the discussion on race and takes it further than looking at things as just black and white. Brazilian photographer Angélica Dass documents humanity's rich colours. She travels around the world to make portraits of people, assigning a pantone colour code based on 11 pixels on their nose.
Being a photographer, Angélica recognised a diversity of colors in her family circle, as she explains so very visually in her Tedtalk. A father with an intense dark chocolate tone, a grandmother with porcelain skin and cotton white hair. Her grandfather was somewhere between a vanilla and a strawberry yoghurt tone, like her uncle and her cousin. Her mother has a cinnamon skin, daughter of a native Brazilian woman with a pinch of hazel and honey, and a man with the colour of coffee with milk (but with a lot of coffee). Her mother also has two sisters: one in a toasted peanut skin and the other more on the beige side, like a pancake.
What started with photographing her multicultural family soon grew into a worldwide project: Humanae. Currently composed of more than 4000 portraits from volunteers all around the globe, and still expanding. A collection of portraits, each person with their own colour code. It shows the broad palette of the colours of humanity. But it is not only about what is visible in the photograph, it is also about the invisible: if they are rich or poor, refugees, bankers or nurses. You can’t tell. Seeing these photographs together, it is evident that people are more equal than they are different. Does this not show how bizarre it is to discriminate by colour?