WORLD BODYPAINTING FESTIVAL 2017 REVIEW
The World Body painting Festival has taken place from the 24th to the 30th of July 2017, during a special edition, not only because the event has celebrated its 20th anniversary, but also because the EffectUs team has had the chance to be officially part of it. Since the first time it took place in Carinzia, in the south of Austria, the WBA has changed location several times and in 2017 the body paint city has moved to the Goethepark in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee (Austria). The WBF is a festival thanks to which an entire contemporary worldwide movement around the incredible art form that is body painting has been developed in the years.
More than 300 teams of artists coming from 54 countries took part to the event. Three are the categories in which there is competition for the world title: brush and sponge, aerograph and special effects. All based on this art form in which human bodies, instead of rigid canvases, are used to give freedom of expression to artists with the most different backgrounds, and not necessarily professional makeup artists.
A small overview to celebrate this year’s winners: for the category sponge and brush the winner was Sanatan Dinda (India), followed in second place by Marzia Bedeschi (Italy) and in the third by Cheryl Ann Lipstreu (USA). In the category aerograph the victory went instead to Benoit Bottala (Guadalupe), while in the second place we find Alex Hansen (Brazil) and in the third place Leonardo Giacomo Borgese (Italy). For the category special effects the podium went to the Austrian Ludwig Decarli, followed by Olga Popova (Russia) and Benedetta Carugatti (Italy). Aside the 3 main categories, 10 more titles were assigned, among which special makeup Fx, creative makeup and best installation. All the results and the pictures are on the event’s official site www.bodypainting-festival.com
Thanks to Alex Berendregt, WBF organizer, this year the EffecUs Association has had the chance to have a dedicated space in which it brought a small taste of the EffectUs Event to the diverse public of the manifestation.
The World Bodypainting Association (http://www.wbpa.info/) sponsored, already last year, the body painting and special effects contest inside the EffectUs Event and has wanted to renovate its support to our association in 2017 not only sponsoring the contest, but also giving us a space inside one of the most important body painting events in the entire world, allowing us to open ourselves to a close-by universe with which there’s a lot to exchange both in terms of techniques and ideas.
The EffectUs Team has therefore reproduced, thanks to the support of its members, a small view of the exhibition gallery hosted by our event, some of the daily workshops, some moments of meeting, and a master class on bondo transfers. The latter was given inside the WB Academy, a section dedicated to formation, with tutors chosen among the best artists in the world of body painting, photographers and makeup artists. This way, both amateurs and professional, just like during EffectUS, had the chance to participate to courses of all sorts, in this case with techniques that go from sponge and brush, to aerograph, special effects, makeup and photography. For the WBF, like for us, formation and the exchange of ideas are very important, it’s the only way the state of the art can still grow.
Often, to the eyes of the special effects artists that work in cinema or that have just finished their classic formation in the discipline, the idea of special effects inside the world of body painting can appear not totally clear, it’s anyway interesting to see how the artistic techniques are applied to this art form; if it’s practiced, allows both to beginners to freely experiment all the techniques recently learned, giving impulse to their imagination, and to the professionals to get freed by all the various limits that their work environment imposes.
Have the occasion to see all these creations, realized with different applications of a same technique or material has sincerely been a great font of inspiration… without forgetting the incredible section of musical entertaining that characterized the festival.