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Humanæ, portraits and PANTONE® skin tones

Humanæ is a “work in progress” by the Brazilian Angélica Dass. A chromatic inventory, that reflects on the colours beyond the borders of our codes by referencing the PANTONE® colour scheme.


Dass, the granddaughter of a black and native Brazilian and the daughter of a black father adopted by a white family intends to deploy a chromatic range of the different human skin colours. It’s a pursuit for highlighting our subtle-continuous of our tones that make more equality than difference… our true colours, rather than the untrue Red and Yellow, Black and White.

It is a kind of game for subverting our codes. You are free to read into it. The ultimate goal is to provoke a discussion platform on ethnic identity, creating images that lead us to match us independent from factors such as nationality, origin, economic status, age or aesthetic standards.

The project development is based on a series of portraits whose background is dyed subject’s face. The project’s objective is to record and catalogue all possible human skin tones.

“I understand photography as a dialogue from personal to global; like a game in which the personal and social codes are put at stake to be reinvented, a continuous flow between the photographer and the photographed, a bridge between masks and identities. For this reason, I raises my work as a tool of exploration, questioning and searching for identity, for each own and others.”

Angélica Dass (Rio de Janeiro, 1979)


4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Fola #

    Reblogged this on Sweet Folly and commented:
    I love the concept of this! We are so diverse, it’s beautiful.

    April 26, 2014
  2. This reminds me of something else that I can’t quite place my finger on. It’s a great concept and very transfixing

    April 10, 2014
  3. Beautiful, clever and thought provoking.

    April 10, 2014
  4. This will great to have at make up counters :)

    April 9, 2014

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