September 5, 2019

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Lieke Corpelijn

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Banksy – Mysterious and Talented

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No one knows exactly who Banksy is, but that hasn’t stopped him from being one of the most successful street artists in history. In fact, his hidden identity is likely one of the factors behind his runaway success. Based in England, his artworks have appeared in a lot of locations …

No one knows exactly who Banksy is, but that hasn’t stopped him from being one of the most successful street artists in history. In fact, his hidden identity is likely one of the factors behind his runaway success. Based in England, his artworks have appeared in a lot of locations (bridges, streets and walls) all over the world.

The Banksy works target political hypocrisy and social injustice. In a 2001 Herald Scotland interview he summed it up: “There is a side of my work that wants to crush the whole system, leaving a trail of the blue and lifeless corpses of judges and coppers in my wake, dragging the city to its knees as it screams my name. Then there is the other darker side.”

Here are some of his works:

Flying Balloon Girl — Israel

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Flying Balloon Girl is perhaps one of Banksy’s most well known artworks. It was painted on a wall on the West Bank in Israel in 2005 and carries a poignant political message. Many believe that the piece signifies the children trapped by the conflict between Israelis and Palestine’s who are longing to fly away to freedom.

Forgive Our Trespassing – Salt Lake City

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Forgive us our trespassing was one of several pieces completed in the run up to the premiere of Banksy’s ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ at the 2010 Sundance Festival in Utah. It shows a young boy seemingly seeking forgiveness for his act of Vandalism and some suggest it refers to Banksy’s own conflicted feelings about his work.

Rage, Flower Thrower – Jerusalem

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This appeared in Jerusalem in 2003 and is perhaps one of Banksy’s most well-known pieces. To many people it is a symbol of peace and hope in the face of adversity and destruction. The masked rioter is throwing not a “Molotov Cocktail” but a bunch of flowers and the image was featured heavily in Banksy’s 2005 book entitled “Wall and Piece”.