The urban artist Banksy, whose identity is kept secret, expressed his views on the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union by painting a graffiti on a wall in Dover.
The urban artist Banksy, whose identity is kept secret, expressed his opinion on the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU) by painting graffiti on a wall in Dover.
The work appeared overnight in the Castle Amusements building, near the ferry terminal connecting England with Continental Europe. In it is portrayed a metallurgical worker who chops one of the 12 stars of the EU flag.
According to the EU website itself, the stars of the flag “represent the ideas of unity, solidarity and harmony among the peoples of Europe”.
This work is an original by Banksy, confirmed by the artist’s representatives last Monday, and represents his first commentary on Brexit. The author himself published photos of this graffiti on the personal Instagram on the same day that the presidential elections took place in France.
Graffiti appears at a difficult time, as relations between Theresa May’s government and the EU are increasingly cold and tense.
— Marie Forsyth (@TardisGirl86) May 7, 2017
Who is Banksy?
Banksy is one of the most well-known street performers, known for his graffitis and works as a political activist. He is the author of a markedly satirical and subervisive art, combining black humor with criticism.
According to graphic designer and author Tristan Manco, Banksy was born in 1974 in England, more specifically in Bristol. He began his work in his homeland during the aerosol boom during the 1980s.
Our generation thinks it's COOL NOT TO CARE . It's not. Effort is cool. Caring is cool. Staying loyal is cool. Try it out.
— banksy (@thereaIbanksy) April 8, 2017
Observers have noted that his art is very similar to that of Blek le Rat, who began his work in Paris at the same time as Bansky. He is known for his contempt for the government, which labels his art as “vandalism.”
The works of this artist can be found not only in Bristol, but also on walls, walls and bridges around the world. One of the greatest examples of his work was done in 2015 with the creation of four paintings of the jungle migrant camp in Calais, a port city in the north of France, which included Steve Jobs, in reference to his past as the son of a Syrian immigrant . In March of this year, he set up the Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem, in the West Bank, a peculiar inn that is close to Israel’s security barrier in the occupied West Bank.
“Exit Through the Gift Shop,” was the first documentary film about Banksy’s life. It was officially released in the UK on March 5, 2010 and in January of the following year it was nominated for Oscar for Best Documentary.
Its works are not sold directly to the public, but they are worth already approximately 1.8 million dollars, about 1.642.620 million euros.
Watch the video to better know the latest work by Bansky, the world’s best-known artist without identity: