I have always loved and admired the work of the artist Banksy, as for me it epitomizes organized rage at its best, and make no mistake Banksy is raging against the crass stupidity and greed that we come up against in our daily lives. Banksy’s work on the obscene and illegal wall that partitions Palestine is a treat, with this work the artist was able to indict the Israeli government in the court of international public opinion and show the world just how inhumanly the Israeli State and its US financiers and armorers treat the Palestinian people who live in the West Bank and Gaza..
I know nothing about the human being behind the work; and nor do I wish or need to, as the work says it all with its anger, compassion and hatred of oppression and the hostile reaction it provokes from the institutions that over see our lives. Take the BBC’s reaction to his latest work which appeared, as his work always does mysteriously, this time on the wall of a family run pharmacy in Essex Road, Islington. One would have thought the report would have analyzed the content of the piece and questioned what meaning lay behind it, but no, none of this was included in the video clip shown on the local BBC London TV news, all the front of camera hack could talk about was how much the piece was worth and how would the local pharmacist, the owner of the wall maximize his profit. If the shallow minded journo had looked beyond the price tag mentality he would have seen a near perfect indictment of the world we are currently living in.
More of Banksy’s work can be seen here,