September 25, 2015 - August 25, 2016. Pittsburgh, US

Humanae / I AM AUGUST – August Wilson Center

The opening of a new public art installation brought something to Pittsburgh’s downtown that’s been missing for more than two years: a crowd. Humanae/I AM AUGUST Installation proclaimed that the Center was breathing once again, featuring two hundred portraits that reflected the diversity of who we are as a city, on the façade of a building that demonstrated the resilience and rich promise of our community.

Part 1

The Liberty Avenue side of the August Wilson Center featured more than 200 portraits, including many of the volunteers who posed in front of Angelica’s camera in Pittsburgh.

The overwhelming sentiment was that people wanted to see bold, dynamic programming that reminded everyone that the Center, like August Wilson, is for everyone. Humanae/I AM AUGUST accomplishes this.

Deesha Philyaw


An additional 80 portraits were displayed inside the gallery at 937 Liberty Street, which on a smaller and closer scale allowed everyone to be part of the celebration.

Humanae/I AM AUGUST was produced by Janera Solomon and the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in partnership with The Magenta Foundation and with the generous financial support from The Pittsburgh Foundation.



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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