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Humanæ PANTONE® skin tones – More equality than difference

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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.

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.

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.tumblr_inline_mo0skdUWKh1r3hcgs

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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