May 05 - September 05, 2017. Houston, TX, USA

The Health Museum

The overwhelming reception of Humanae at the Health Museum with over two hundred human portraits capable of enveloping and guiding you along a path of skin colors was especially exciting for the Houstonians who saw in the project a true reflection of themselves and their hometown.

It makes me think that apart from the label with a number, we are not so different. You can use one skin color for a vast classification, but ultimately, it's just that. It's something on the outside.

James Wyatt


This exhibition design, which was first used at the Health Museum, is based on a need to bring Humanae into the three dimensions. The design started from a barely shaped cube that was assembled into two more developed structures, which in the plan are L and T shaped but also grow vertically in space. These structures can be combined, giving rise to different sculptural elements and referring to children’s playgrounds, leaving uncovered space so that visitors can interact with the piece, look through it, see the other as it passes by, making the exhibition a living experience. Ana Cubas


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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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