Brazilian Angelica Dass launched an investigation of identity, culture and skin color simply by lifting her camera. The granddaughter of black and native Brazilians and the daughter of a black father raised by white adoptive parents, Dass created the Humanae Project with the intention of recording and cataloging all possible human skin tones, highlighting true tones rather than clichéd colors. The 2000 image-strong initiative is a series of portraits, all with the exact Pantone® tone of the subject pronounced in the background; the color extracted from an 11x11 pixel sample of the subject's face.
Latinos' experiences continue to grow in America and abroad; history's hand collectively grasps at information while generations of Latinos look to the past to uncover the traditions, practices and creations of their ancestors. For this, museums are perfect. They act as time capsules, and able to offer patrons polarized frames of existence. Salvador Dali's painting The Persistence of Memory and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel Cien anos de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude) solidify a time, a place and an experience, without an explicit announcement of placement.