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Oct 27 -
Nov 15 2018

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In the ongoing project Humanae, Angélica Dass creates a chromatic inventory of images that highlight the range of different human skin colours. Volunteers are asked to willfully engage in the project in the diverse international cities where photographic sessions have taken place, without prior knowledge of the sitter’s nationality, gender, race, social class or religion. Using the format of the PANTONE ® colour grid, these images are then organised in the manner of the technical-industrial standard, including both its alpha-numeric colour code as well as the coloured background that matches the tonality of the sitter’s skin from a sample of 11 x 11 pixels taken from their face. In this systematic gesture of classification, Dass points to the plurality of difference that defies the more generalized structural rationale of race, nationality, and colour. Displacing the socio-political context of racial issues, the project calls into question the limits of stereotypes through interaction with an active and participatory public.

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