What colour code are you How Brazilian artist is using the Pantone paint chart to document every human skin tone possible
18:31 GMT, 11 July 2012
A Brazilian artist is challenging the boundaries of race and cultural identity by matching human skin tones to the Pantone colour chart.
While finding exactly the right shade of grey to paint your bedroom wall can be a painstaking affair, Angelika Dass is attempting to 'record and catalog all possible human skin tones' using the same kinds of samples you may have once picked up at the home improvement store.
Humanae, as the project has been named by its creator, is a 'chromatic inventory' she writes on her Tumblr site, that sheds light on race 'beyond the borders of our codes'.
Diverse: An artist is using the universal Pantone colour system to document every shade of human skin tone
Using the alphanumeric code of the universal colour system so the images can be reproduced across any media, the fashion graduate and photographer has already snapped the portraits of hundreds of willing models.
And the results are as visually striking as they are thought provoking.
Inviting an entirely mixed bag of ages and ethnicities to pose for her, Dass takes pictures of her male and female subjects and then hones in on an 11×11 pixel sample of their face.
Sample: The artist herself, Angelica Dass, hails from Brazil, a well known melting pot of culture diversity, where she studied fashion before becoming a photographer in Spain
From this close-up, she is then able to match the model's skin tone with a Pantone colour.
She then washes the background of the
photograph with the colour and displays the code at the bottom as if a
real paint sample card.
hailing from Brazil, a country famous for its diversity and the range
of cutaneous hues that populate its cities and beaches, Dass received a
Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design.
Breaking down stereotypes: The Humanae project, as the creator has names it, questions the suggestion of race and ethnicity by showing so much variation and individuality
After working in fashion industry, the artist then moved to Spain where she studied fashion journalism and photography.
Her aim as a photographer, she writes, is to 'achieve the public's direct involvement in photography as a whole concept, as a non-passive communication between people.
'All her projects deepen in an important issue: social, cultural and racial identity and masks.'