Due to legal issues, Banksy announced this morning on www.banksy.co.uk that he cancels the promotion of a free print for voting against the Tories
On 3 June Banksy had announced a new print release, a version of the iconic “Girl with Balloon”, only available to registered voters in the Bristol area who vote against the Conservative party. It would have been Banksy’s first regular print release since “Choose your weapon” in 2010.
Donald Trump’s visit to Bethlehem was announced on Banksy’s Instagram account on 24 May 2017. The picture of the presidential suite and the video clip of the Trump motorcade were removed a week later.
Banksy’s take on Brexit comes at a contentious time for European politics: the UK is currently undergoing a general election that will dictate the relationship with or without the EU. On the other side of the Channel, only 80 km away, France is deciding on its European future. Confirmed by Banksy’s Instagram account on 7 May 2017.
Banksy Brexit mural in Dover. 7 May 2017
Detail of Banksy Brexit mural in Dover. 7 May 2017
Banksy reactivated his Instagram account in March 2017. Supposedly because the official website, http://www.banksy.co.uk, is dedicated exclusively to the Walled Off Hotel project. Starting on 20 March, Banksy published four oil paintings, all of them with an exquisite technique, especially regarding the movement of the waves. The two latest connects directly to “The Beach” series of three oil paintings at Walled Off Hotel. http://www.instagram.com/banksy/ .
The Walled Off Hotel is the latest big exhibition by Banksy with more than 20 new originals. The hotel is a joint venture between the Banksy team and a local Palestinian entrepreneur with a background in the London art world. The Walled Off Hotel mixes art, politics, and tourism in a very effective way. On the ground floor, there are 15 new Banksys and a museum commemorating “a hundred years since the British took control of Palestine and helped kick start a Century of confusion and conflict.” On the upper level, there’s an exhibition hall with local Palestinian artists, among them Suleyman Mansour. The hotel in itself is a piece of political art in every aspect.
During 2016 there were only two street art pieces documented. One in London in January and the other one in Bristol in June.
London, January 2016
Bristol, June 2016
Four stencils appeared on 13 December in “The Jungle”, a Calais refugee camp. Since Dismaland it’s clear that Banksy’s preferred theme is the refugee situation in Europe.
This picture taken on December 12, 2015 shows a street art graffiti representing Steve Jobs, founder and late CEO of Apple, by elusive British artist Banksy at the migrant camp known as the “Jungle” in Calais, northern France. / AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUEN / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION – TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Photos: http://www.banksy.co.uk, http://www.lemonde.fr