Perspective is a hard thing to achieve. That's why we have everything from #firstworldproblems to psycho little-league parents. But artist Angelica Dass intends to give us a little perspective on one of humanity's thorniest issues: race. Specifically, Dass has embarked on a project, called Humanae, to re-create the rainbow of melanin with Pantone colors. Pantone colors are used by designers to make sure they have a fairly universal way to communicate a specific color. Rather than black or white, Dass will designate her human subjects as Pantone 65-5 C or 91-5 C. Using candid portraits (with lots of skin), Dass tries to find the average tone of her subject's skin, and assign it a color. She's matched 2,000 people to their Pantone color, in places as diverse as Chicago and Uruguay. She's a native of Brazil, a country with a racial history that can be as rocky as our own, so it makes sense that she's drawn to the subject.
Check out Dass's Tumblr for more information and a beautiful reminder of how diverse yet similar we are.
- Angelica Dass
- Dass soon hopes to expand her work to include populations from Africa and Asia.