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Angélica Dass- Artist


Angélica Dass (Río de Janeiro, 1979). She currently lives in Madrid. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UFRJ (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2006) and a Master in Photography from EFTI (Escuela de Fotografía y Centro de Imagen, Spain, 2012).

She understands photography as a dialogue from personal to global; a game for personal and social codes to be reinvented, a flow between the photographer and the photographed, a bridge between masks and identities.

All of these concerns led her to develop Humanae, a tool for exploration, questioning and searching for the identity of every of one of us. Her main objective was to deconstruct deeply ingrained cultural stereotypes. With this in mind, she began to push the boundaries of this project internationally, conducting Humanae sessions in cities such as Chicago, Paris, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Winterthur, Addis Ababa, Valparaiso, New Delhi, Córdoba (Argentina), Groningen, Pittsburgh, Getxo, Bilbao and Madrid. She had exhibitions in Gund Gallery, Gambier, Ohio; August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA;

Museonazionaledellascienza e dellatecnologia, Milan, Italy ; Delhi Photo Festival, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the arts, New Delhi, India ; Musée de l’Elysee, Switzerland; Flash Foward Festival, Boston , USA; LagosPhoto Festival, Lagos, Nigeria; Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu, South Korea; Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and many other. She was selected by Time Magazine as one of the Brazilians photographers you need to follow .

Her work has been mentioned around the world in such important media as Le Monde, NY DailyNews, Oprah Winfrey’s blog , El País, ABC , Folha de São Paulo, O Globo, BBC, Il Post and La Repubblica, Spiegel or Foreign Affairs. Seeking greater effectiveness in communicating the gist of her work , she began working with teachers in different schools, giving workshops where they worked directly with the concepts of the identity of each child.

As of now, she has won several awards like Best Exhibition OFF in PhotoEspaña and she has been imparting different conference like TEDxMadrid, Matadero (Madrid, Spain). She is still working with Humanae and she wants to keep visiting new and exciting cities. She has already begun other different projects such as Vecinas or De Pies a Cabeza, which are being well received.