National Face and Bodypainter's Day 2017 is starting a movement.
#99RedBalloons was a Protest art installation standing in solidarity with persecuted atheists and blasphemers from across the globe, involving notable atheists including David Silverman of American Atheists.
The first of her protest installations, Victoria Gugenheim wants to carry on making bigger and bolder works of art in solidarity with those persecuted simply for nonbelief.
Each blood red balloon in the installation had the name of an atheist who had been persecuted or killed simply for their nonbelief, along with their reason for conviction and death or persecution date; akin to a toe tag on a cadaver.
The meaning of this was to bring an immediacy to the fact that atheists are persecuted, punished, taken away from their families, and killed accross the world, notably in Islamic states. But when a problem happens overseas, it's all too easy for people to see the problem as problem "over there". When one is holding something linking them to the event, it creates an immediacy; evidenced by one of the attendees breaking down crying at the "power of the protest". Another ended up holding a balloon with the tag of his friend on it: he found out on that night, that his friend had been assassinated.
Victoria believes that these pieces of work are vital in creating empathy and solidarity with those suffering under oppressive regimes, and that they encourage others to take action in fighting for the rights of people to not believe in any religion, with much more of her works coming up relating to this.
See her personal account of the work over on her instagram.
Watch the video here, or check out the photo's of the event below.
Victoria Gugenheim has been made the World's 1st Bodypainter to ever become a keynote speaker at any atheist event at The International Secular Humanist Conference. This historic event will feature over 70 speakers and freethinkers from around the planet, coming together to discuss freedom of expression, apostasy, blasphemy, freethought and more. Along with this, she became the resident artist, photographer, graphic artist, and chair, chairing the panel between Richard Dawkins, A.C Grayling, Benjamin David, Sarah Haider and Mazen Abou Hamdan of Freethought Lebanon. Panels and interviews from the conference will be coming soon.
Gugenheim Takes Triple Residency
Victoria Gugenheim has been made the resident Artist of CEMB, One Law For All, and The International Secular Humanist Conference. Her artwork has now extends to public protest art, body art en masse, and much more.
NEW EXHIBITIONS SET UNTIL 2021
International exhibitions and tours are now set until 2021, with new artworks and projects being announced regularly. Check the exhibitions page for further details.
Victoria is now the resident judge, public demo artist and masterclass runner of The Gibraltar Bodypainting Festival, and a member of the Gibraltar Bodypainting Association. After a resounding success in 2017, Victoria is excited at what this new residency can achieve in partnership with the Gibraltar Cultural Association.