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What is art? Dr. Weird Web rarely thinks about topics this broad or deep. However, when he came across Humanæ he had to pause and think. That, of course, is what Angélica Dass wants the viewer to do: pause and think.

What is "race"? What difference does class bestow on one person over another? How deeply does ones humanity get reflected externally? Ms Dass is a Brazilian artist who has been working on this project since 2012. She clearly describes this as an "work in progress" and may not be concluded until the entire population of the Earth is so documented. She is taking portraits (they may even be classed as "sterile portraits" of volunteers from the shoulders up, with no clothing visible. She then matches the subjects skin tone along the Pantone® Color Identification scale. Are any two individuals exactly the same color? Apparently not.

Humanæ

Usually these reviews only have links to the site being reviewed, but in this case there is no explanation on the site itself but so much more information available, for those interested:

Angélica Dass' page about the Humanæ project also has links to her CV, press and other projects.

 

You may also enjoy "The Nature of Photographs" by Stephen Shore: