Banksy is the figurehead of worldwide street art. Besides graffiti artist Banksy is also a painter and a political activist. Despite his very public role in society, his identity is unknown. From absurd to provocative, the art of Banksy can be admired in different parts of the world and his newest piece of art can be found in London.
Banksy has criticised the use of tear gas on refugees in the “Jungle” camps in Calais in a new piece of art. Appearing outside the French Embassy in London, recent pieces feature the iconic young girl from Les Miserables with tears in her eyes from the gas billowing around her. The CS canister at her feet makes reference to the tear gas used by the French police to evict about 1,500 refugees from one of the camps on January 5 and 6.
The QR code on Banksy’s artwork permits viewers to use their phone to access an online video which shows police vans using water cannon and tear gas in the camp. The QR code not only permits viewers to see the video, it also melts our physical and virtual world with each other. The Inline continues to seep further into our society providing artists like Banksy new channels to share their statements to a much larger public than before. As a result awareness around political topics increases.