Behind every work of art there is a message…or is there? In Banksy’s case, there is a politically-charged commentary on society. Here are the major causes that Banksy’s work addresses.
- War (or violence in general)
- Banksy is very clear when it comes to his opinion on violence. Much of his work serves as a contemporary commentary on the conflict between Israel and Palestine. In 2005, the bold artist decorated the Palestinian side of the West Bank Barrier with sardonic images of the other side. Banksy recently returned to the area. His latest work can be found in Gaza. If you haven’t already, check out his stark “Welcome to Gaza” video. Ready to hop on a plane over?
2) Social Media
- In addition to supporting other stencil street artists and sharing their opinions on the impact of social media, Banksy also provides his own views on how technology is changing society and interpersonal relationships. This piece below made us think twice about checking Facebook every five minutes. What about you? How does that impulse to check your smartphone feel now?
3) The Environment
- In 2009, after the Copenhagen climate conferences, Banksy produced a series of murals, one of which can be found on a wall by a canal in London with the words “I DON’T BELIEVE IN GLOBAL WARMING” disappearing into the water. After the BP oil spill of 2010, Banksy also installed a coin-operated children’s ride with a dolphin jumping over an oil spill. How’s that for an environmental statement?
What do you think of Banksy’s work? Do you think calling attention to these issues is enough or will actually change anything?
One thing is certain: it sparks a discussion. Let’s keep that conversation going! Let us know what you think.
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