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.
The four-year project, developed with a national advisory council and Smithsonian experts, is a community engagement effort that will consider the connections between implicit bias and group dynamics, how they can lead to explicit acts of bias and hatred by individuals and whole societies, and what we as individuals can do about it. Forty communities will participate in The Bias Inside Us process to assess their own readiness to engage in the project and develop proposals to show how this project will be used to build capacity. Ten communities will be selected each year; a Smithsonian-led project team will work with community leaders and teachers to develop a customized plan for community-initiated programming. The exhibition will be the centerpiece of local activities for four weeks, free of charge, to allow for in-depth programming, as well as to allow surrounding communities to participate. When the exhibition moves to the next community, the Smithsonian will remain engaged to provide resources and support as communities continue to explore ways to reduce individual and group bias and increase community empathy. The primary audience for the exhibition is middle school to young adults (11- to 25-year olds).
The Bias Inside Us exhibition is on tour in the Midwest (Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin) beginning in January 2021. It moves to the Southeast in May 2022 and then the South and West in Fall 2023. The Northeast is the final region of the tour, beginning in 2024 and ending in April 2025. We are now accepting proposals to host the project from communities in the Southeast region (North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Alabama) until January 15, 2021.
You can also visit the online exhibition.
The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service will travel The Bias Inside Us to 40 communities across the country from January 2021 through April 2025.
March 11 – April 9, 2023, Discovery Place, Charlotte, NC
April 22 – May 21, 2023, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, Huntsville, AL
June 3 – July 2, 2023, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL
July 15 – Aug 13, 2023, Pensacola MESS Hall, Pensacola, FL
Oct 7 – Nov 5, 2023, Upcountry History Museum
Furman University, Greenville, SC