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Bodyspectra in Cape Town

Photographer: Nic Bothma


Metamorphosis was the theme for the 2012 Bodyspectra event held by City Varsity School of Media and Creative Arts in Cape Town in October 2012. This spectacular show has earned the label as the African continent’s finest body painting event due to the high quality of work.


Motion picture make-up and production design students participate in this event which forms their final practical evaluation. The brief is simple - create a human canvas using body paint, prosthetics and props.


Artists and models arrive at the venue up to 14 hours prior to the opening gala evening show to begin their creations. The process is painstakingly long but provides an incredible visual feast when the creations are presented to a capacity crowd at an upmarket nightclub in the city.


Funds, raised through ticket sales, were donated to the Amy Biehl Foundation, which emphasises the upliftment of children from previously disadvantaged backgrounds through the arts. Funds were raised through ticket sales and donated to the Amy Biehl foundation, which helps to lift children out of poverty through the arts.