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.
Confirmed dates for the Tour
Science Museum of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN
Jan 9 – Apr 4, 2021
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
Cedar Rapids, IA
Apr 17 – May 16, 2021
Schaumburg Township District Library
May 29 – Jun 27, 2021
Science Center of Iowa
Des Moines, IA
Jul 10 – Aug 8
St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud , MN
Aug 21 – Sep 19, 2021
University of Wisconsin – Green Bay at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
Green Bay, WI
Jan 15 – Feb 13 2022
Pablo Center at the Confluence
Eau Claire, WI
Feb 26 – Mar 27, 2022
September 28, 2018 - June 30, 2019. St. Jakob, AUT
May 23 - June 15, 2018. Madrid, SP
October 23, 2013 - March 25, 2014. São Paulo, BR