January 10, 2020 - March 20, 2019. Michigan, US


Saugatuck Center for the Arts created an ambitious series of exhibitions on the theme of identity that posed important questions to visitors. Who are you alone? Who are you when you are in a group? How have you built your identity? What is permanent about you and what could be reconstructed? These exhibitions suggested that personal constructions of identity influence the ways we interpret and react to art. How we are seen, how we see ourselves, what we present to the world, and what we choose to keep hidden, all influence the unique experience that each individual creates. Humanae project was part of this collection of exhibitions.

This ever-expanding range of colors catalogs the portraits in a random but rigid structure, eliminating the false superiority/subjugation binomial related to skin color

Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Making Of


The exhibition project proposed for Saugatuck Center for the Arts is a novelty in terms of the forms used to exhibit Humanae to date. This exhibition form achieves two different experiences, the first being linear and horizontal, which embraces the perimeter of the room and crosses the gallery space surrounding the walls, which is an approach to the ethical meaning of Humanae, where horizontality puts all the subjects in the same place, without hierarchies or prominences. The second experience, located in the central area of the room, is an exceptional journey through the suspended imaginary of Humanae, which leads to a deeper understanding of the project. The exhibition has 154 portraits, of which 100 surround the walls and 54 are suspended in a montage of 27 wooden “ayou” or “samba” boxes. Ana Cubas


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Saugatuck Center for the Arts’ 2020: “Identity”

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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