Angélica Dass: Flesh Colour - The Colors We Share

Hand holding a paint brush painting a portrait

Image Courtesy of Angelica Dass

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Angélica Dass: Flesh Colour - The Colors We Share

Saturday, June 18, 1pm

As a photographic project, Humanæ articulates different tools aimed at generating a space for debate and reflection on identity and its relationship with our skin colour. One of these tools are the children's workshops.

The workshop, Flesh Colour, reflects on the colours associated with race: white, black, red and yellow; playing to find the "real" colour of each participant. Not only is there a playful dynamic to explore one's colour, but also the concept of "flesh colour" or "skin colour" is questioned. The workshop aims to create a deep reflection on skin colour, its importance, its variability and beauty.... Is there really a unique flesh colour? Participants are encouraged to intervene, bringing their opinions and ideas to this topic.

Through the reading of the book The Colors We Share by Angélica Dass, a time for reflection and a time for practice is provided in which each participant will make their own portrait, experimenting with paint and other materials to find the colour that best suits their skin.

Humanæ Workshop Material List: 

  • Laptop with Zoom access
  • Water-based liquid paint - Tempera: White, Red, Green, Yellow, Blue, Black
  • Mixed Media paper (ideally Canson Mix Media)
  • Palette (a reusable or paper plate will work)
  • Water Cup
  • Brushes of various sizes
  • Paper Towel
  • Pencil, Eraser, Sharpener
  • Black pen or Fine tip Marker
  • Mirror


Image of a person wearing a white sweater with dark hair smiling and looking to the left

Angélica Dass is an award-winning photographer born in Brazil and currently living in Madrid, Spain. Angélica’s practice combines photography with sociological research and public participation in defense of human rights globally. She is the creator of the internationally acclaimed Humanæ Project—a collection of portraits that reveal the diverse beauty of human colors. The initiative has traveled to more than 80 cities across six continents—from The World economic Forum in Davos to the pages of National Geographic, —to promote dialogue that challenges how we think about skin color and ethnic identity.

Get your own copy of The Colors We Share by Angélica Dass here

Presented in partnership with AIC 2022: Sensing Colour, Midterm meeting of the International Colour Organization (AIC), organized by the Colour Research Society of Canada


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