Humanae is a work in progress, an attempt to deploy a chromatic inventory of all the different human skin colors. This classification adopts the format of PANTONE® guides in an attempt to erase the false assumption that some races are superior to others. Dass wants to show that humanity is more than just black or white. She does not provide details such as age, gender, economic status et al but simply identifies her subjects by a code that matches their appearance.
Angelica Dass, born in 1979, is a Brazilian photographer who lives and works in Spain. She started Humanae as a graduate student and has photographed over 2500 people since. Dass has had numerous solo and group exhibitions. She was selected by Time magazine’s Lightbox as one of nine Brazilian photographers to look out for.
Humanae is part of the line-up for this edition of the Delhi Photo Festival starting October 30 at the IGNCA, Delhi.