Humanae is a photographic work in progress by artist Angélica Dass. Currently composed of almost 4,000 portraits from volunteers all around the globe, Humanæ pursues to document humanity’s true colours and bring up a critical reflection on the white, red, black and yellow false labels associated with race. The project does not select participants and there is no date set for its completion. It is a journey of open-ended possibilities that enriches the way we see ourselves, beyond faces and colours.
TED talk - The beauty of human skin in every colour:
Angélica Dass’s photography challenges how we think about skin colour and ethnic identity. In this personal talk, hear about the inspiration behind her portrait project, Humanæ, and her pursuit to document humanity’s true colours rather than the untrue white, red, black, and yellow associated with race.
What children should know about race:
After seeing the impact of her artivist project, Humanæ, Angelica Dass wondered how her work could influence a younger audience. Learn how she is building tools for educators around the world to encourage inclusion and equality.
The Colours we share:
Made for young readers, six and up, this book features portraits that celebrate the diverse beauty of human skin. By depicting people from all over the world against a background that matches their skin tone, Angélica Dass shows us how wonderfully colourful humans really are, questioning the concept of race and the limited categories we use to describe each other. These ideas are simply too small for a world that contains so many beautiful colours and people. The book asks us to consider how we see ourselves and others, through both similarities and differences. Kids also discover how to mix their own skin colour with paint. Through a playful and dynamic layout, The Colours We Share encourages looking, questioning, and thinking bigger—inviting us to think about race, and our common humanity, in a new way.