Koczur, Shayna. Keep Your Coins, I want Change. 5 May 2016, Image, Banksy’s Real Identity Revealed, theodysseyonline.com/bernie-banksy.
I like the idea of a non-digital means of activism, producing something that cannot be edited, refined or conveniently stashed away somewhere in a film archive or the depths of web. Street art is a prolonged means of activism that has a way of reclaiming public spaces and reaching people who might not see mainstream media (Mirzoeff 264) or be absorbed by social media platforms.
Being previously fascinated by Graffiti as an effective avenue for activism, I tend to think of Banksy’s work as one of the best expression of social/ political commentary and visual activism. His silent protest along side the hiding of his identity allows for a meaning and powerful engagement of his work.
While his object of focus may vary from piece to piece, the underlying theme seems to be one of protecting innocence and the good of humanity while squashing false claims and perception of power, right and wrong.
Koczur, Shayna. Keep Your Coins, I want Change. 5 May 2016, Image, Banksy’s Real
Identity Revealed, theodysseyonline.com/bernie-banksy.
Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “Changing the World.” How to See the World, Pelican Books, 2015,