Banksy isn’t done causing trouble in Venice yet
- Banksy made a bold statement in Venice recently setting up his own illegal art installation during the Venice Art Biennale
- He didn’t stop there as a mural created earlier this month has now been revealed to be the famous graffiti of Banksy
- It depicts a migrant child, a message and theme very common with Bansky works
A piece of street art in Venice’s Dorsoduro district, an area known for renowned art collections, has been confirmed as a work by Banksy.
Just last week, we covered how Banksy set up his own display in Venice during the Venice Art Biennale. It was a big statement by the artist, who clearly had some resentment towards never being asked to properly attend the prestigious art event. That installation had a deep connection to refugee crisis, and Banksy doesn’t seem finished exploring that issue.
The mural in Dorsoduro shows a migrant child wearing a lifejacket while holding a cracking neon pink flare. Considering his installation last week ‘Venice in Oil’ depicted a ship, and had a deep connection to refugees, it’s a solid guess to imagine the girl depicted here is meant to be connected to Banksy’s ‘Venice in Oil’, perhaps a passenger of the ship?
Back in 2015, Banksy took to the Calais refugee camp to create a portrait of Steve Jobs, a portrait that had Jobs with a black garbage bag over one shoulder and an Apple computer in his hand. The mural has the name 'The Son of a Migrant from Syria'
The Son of a Migrant from Syria
In addition to the Venice mural, Banksy expressed in a statement: “We’re often led to believe migration is a drain on the country’s resources but Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant. Apple is the world’s most profitable company, it pays over $7 billion USD a year in taxes – and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs.”
Posted on his Instagram just yesterday, the image of the refugee girl has gained the street artist over one million likes.
The mystery now then is how did he paint on a wall that is parallel to water? Maybe the artist braved the cold waters for this one.