October 10, 2019 . Napa, US

Identity, creativity and new technologies at Napa

After spending some time reading Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street and watching Angélica Dass’ powerful Ted Talk on Project Humanae, the New Tech High School students wrote a series of vignettes about themselves and built a portrait with images and words that showed who they were visually, connecting the strong visual language of Cisneros and Dass’ work with their own identity.  The printed portraits were used to create an installation at the school. The students also had the opportunity to have a video conference with Angélica in which they discussed skin colour, identity and photography in art and carried out research into how lighting is able to change colors.


Humanae is amazing! People should understand that colors don’t define who we are, but our words and actions. I was once a person who judged based on colors, but not any more


About Humanae

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 colors 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 colors. Nowadays, the artist has been doing portraits in 36 different cities and 20 different countries.

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