In the ongoing project Humanae, Angélica Dass creates a chromatic inventory of images that highlight the range of different human skin colours. Volunteers are asked to willfully engage in the project in the diverse international cities where photographic sessions have taken place, without prior knowledge of the sitter’s nationality, gender, race, social class or religion. Using the format of the PANTONE ® colour grid, these images are then organised in the manner of the technical-industrial standard, including both its alpha-numeric colour code as well as the coloured background that matches the tonality of the sitter’s skin from a sample of 11 x 11 pixels taken from their face. In this systematic gesture of classification, Dass points to the plurality of difference that defies the more generalized structural rationale of race, nationality, and colour. Displacing the socio-political context of racial issues, the project calls into question the limits of stereotypes through interaction with an active and participatory public. - See more at: http://www.lagosphotofestival.com/exhibit/humanae#sthash.rdWhgD57.dpuf
Staging Reality, Documenting Fiction examines contemporary photographers working in Africa that toe the line between photography and truth, incorporating conceptual practices and performative strategies that expand traditional photographic approaches and techniques.
While photography has historically been positioned as a “window to the world”, with an immediate and tangible relationship to its subject matter, many contemporary artists working on the continent incorporate image-based strategies that move beyond the confines of the photojournalistic gaze and produce works that negotiate the complex social and political concerns that define a new Africa in the twenty-first century. They explore how the ubiquity of images plays a vital role in how reality is constructed and understood.
By incorporating genres such as staged narratives, performance, appropriation, self-portraiture, and still life, these artists push the temporal and spatial boundaries of the photographic medium. In doing so, Staging Reality, Documenting Fiction explores how we imagine different futures and charter fictive worlds, using photography as a catalyst to explore the changing realities of Africa.