A New Film Shows The Fight To Keep Banksy’s Graffiti Alive & Free (Video)
Guerilla street artist Banksy has become a popular culture phenomenon. His art is subversive, often socially and politically-motivated, and done without any intention of sale or personal profile. By definition, his paintings and installations are also a crime. New film Saving Banksy explores the culture of art consumers following, buying, selling, and collecting the work of the mysterious street artist who has traveled to numerous cities across several continents. The documentary traces at least one person’s efforts to keep a Banksy original away from destruction and collector auction—at the same time.
Banksy has been at the forefront, at least in the mainstream, of street art. While his work draws millions of dollars, his graffiti-writing peers are often arrested, fined, and treated as vandals.
Colin Day’s film (narrated by Paul Polycarpou) features fellow street artists such as Ben Eine, Revok, and Doze Green, as well as photographer (King T, Beastie Boys, Ice-T) Glen E. Friedman.
In 2015, Hip-Hop artists Ras Kass and Jack Splash named their collaborative album Semi Hendrix album Breakfast At Banksy’s.