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28.01
2013

The wall is not enough

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Children-and all those who like to stay children for ever- love to read stories about heroes whose identity remains secret; Heroes who dedicate their lives to correcting the mistakes of our vain world.

Masked avengers of evil and injustice can successfully hide their double lives in order to be able to continue working underground, constantly “showing their teeth” by slapping corrupted thugs. And what if there really was such a hero? What if he is not masked but hidden beneath a hood? What if the slaps are a taunt against the hypocrisy of the Western world? …or if he craves for a society that is losing every day, more and more of its romance? Would we love such a “superheroe”? I am ready to answer that with a big “no”, but Banksy is one of the most loved artists today. Maybe because his modern surrealism serves as a medium, necessary for us, to drown our social guilt. A work of Banksy can become your flag (!!!), “I do not like you!” you will scream out loud, before opening another can of Coca-Cola …

Rumor has it that he was born in Bristol, England, in 1974. He was supposed to become a butcher…(yes, you read right!) But, fortunately for us, he was influenced by the graffiti movement in 80s Bristol, thus he offered us something a bit more unique! The name behind this hidden identity is that of Robert or Robin Banks as it is alleged by Paul Gough in his book “Banksy and the Bristol legacy”. An Oscar nomination in 2011 for his film "Exit through the gift shop" (2010) which screened at Sundance film festival, the three books, that I, at least, have found about this "superhero», [(Banksy, "Wall and piece "), (" Banksy: the Bristol legacy ", Paul Gough) and (" Sweet home Banksy ", Tristan Manco)] and the new credits for the Simpsons made "by his own hands " as well as rumors (rumors, again!) that want George Michael craving for a wall in his house to be decorated by Banksy, is, I think strong enough arguments to make us deal immediately with this particular artist!

To enrich your knowledge with more details, let me tell you that he uses the Stencil graffiti technique and experts comment that his style resembles that of Blek le Rat, a French graffiti artist who worked in Paris in 1952 as well as that of Jef Aerosol (1957) (I can’t believe that you thought there weren’t any graffiti artists in the 50s!). Banksy argues that he was mostly influenced by Robert del Naja (1966), a member of Massive Attack. What remains, is the punch in the stomach that you may feel whenever you see a Banksy project. Can anyone disagree on this?

“Do not disturb my circles” Mr. Banksy! Who are you to make my hand shake out of guilt as I am about to grab my new smartphone? A prankster superhero, a street painter, an underground filmmaker…! Are you my conscience? Let me do this for my own sake…search bar… www.Banksy.co.uk … enter…maybe here I will get some answers…

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Stella Markopoulou

When she was seven, Stella realized her need to express herself through her writings. Later she discovered her love about painting and she took some drawing courses in ΧΑΝΘ for three years. At fifteen she won the Hellenic prize Essay in a competition of the High Commissioner of UNO for the refugees and of the Ministry of Education. She studied finance and she has worked as a private employee in different corporations as well as a teacher in IEK. The last two years she works as a painter of fabrics, filling with handmade drawings clothes and accessories.

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